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Stem Cells Branch Out

Heals all manner of ailments, unlimited quantities, tailor-made for you. … No, it's not an advertisement for snake oil but may represent the promise of stem cells—cells that have the potential to produce various cell types that make up the body and might therefore provide replacements for tissues damaged by age, trauma, or disease. But the work raises numerous questions as well: Can such promise be true? What is the ethical cost of such developments? Who will fund the necessary R&D? This article introduces a special issue on stem cells.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Pamela Hines of AAAS, Beverly Purnell of AAAS, Jean Marx of AAAS
Publisher: AAAS
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