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p. 1037. Realistic and unrealistic expectationslocked

  • Jonathan Slack

Abstract

‘Realistic and unrealistic expectations’ considers the future potential of stem cell biology. New centres such as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine have been set up promising a great deal. Biomedical scientists are confident that one day we shall be able to regenerate missing structures and also that there will be cures for heart failure, diabetes, cancer, and neurodegeneration, but there is little real idea when or in what way these things will be achieved. Stem cell therapy should be seen in a broader context as a technology of regenerative medicine, which embraces gene therapy and tissue engineering, which involves more sophisticated types of implant.

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