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Stem cells. Nature’s magic toolbox. Tremendous upside. And probably the most hyped science story of all time. I live in California where voters were sold a $6 billion package to study stem cells. I’m totally behind this effort. But it was oversold, for sure, in terms of cures coming around the corner.
Here’s a thoughtful blog by bioethicist Arthur Caplan, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He supports embryonic stem cell research. But he offers some context with which to think about it, and some cautions to see through the agendas of zeal.
The Stem Cell Hype Machine
The Top Five Over-Hyped Claims About Stem Cell Research