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September 5, 2005

British Expert Says 'Benefits of stem cell research oversold'

Topics: Medicine

Professor Robert Winston, president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA), believes that experiments with embryonic stem cells are important and could eventually lead to ground-breaking advances in medicine and biology. However, he's concerned that embryonic stems cells have been hyped for political reasons, and that there will be a backlash against ES research when it fails to provide new treatments.

(...) If we run at this too hard and start saying we're going to have cures for diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, there's going to be an almighty backlash, not least from pro-life groups that will perceive the chink in our armour."

(...) There has been hype in the field, but it has not been the scientists who have been responsible for it. None of us is claiming that therapies are going to be with us tomorrow, and I think it's irresponsible to say everything is driven by hype.

(...) It is true that Alzheimer's is not a promising candidate for stem-cell therapies, but it was not scientists who suggested it was -- that was all politics in the US driven by Nancy Reagan.

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Posted by Richard at September 5, 2005 10:35 PM

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