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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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(p.193) Epilogue
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

This book has explored the science and ethics behind stem cells, as well as the excitement and optimism within the scientific community about the role stem cells would someday play in treating human disease. It has revealed many intersecting voices expressing the hopes and dreams of the afflicted, as well as the cautions of those following their moral compass on the use and commercialization of human embryos in research and medicine. The first extraction of human embryonic stem cells brought new excitement into an old medical agenda. Whether it was through embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, or nuclear transfer, the enthusiasm among cell biologists was palpable. This book has also emphasized the two distinct parts of the stem cell research translational program: regenerative medicine and personalized medicine.

Keywords:   science, ethics, human disease, commercialization, human embryos, human embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, personalized medicine

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