Carl Power, PhD; John E.J. Rasko, MBBS, PhD
In recent years, stem cells have generated increasing excitement, with frequent claims that they are revolutionizing medicine. For those not directly involved in stem cell research, however, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction or realistic expectation from wishful thinking. This article aims to provide internists with a clear and concise introduction to the field. While recounting some scientific and medical milestones, the authors discuss the 3 main varieties of stem cells—adult, embryonic, and induced pluripotent—comparing their advantages and disadvantages for clinical medicine. The authors have sought to avoid the moral and political debates surrounding stem cell research, focusing instead on scientific and medical issues.
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Power C, Rasko JE. Promises and Challenges of Stem Cell Research for Regenerative Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:706–713. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-10-201111150-00010
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(10):706-713.
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