The moral panic surrounding human embryo research has fuelled unrealistic public expectations for the imminent success of induced pluripotent stem cell therapy
Traditionally, treatment for chronic degenerative conditions revolved around reducing symptoms and improving physiological functioning in the hope of gaining some (often limited) increase in life expectancy. However, in the past decade, the advent of “regenerative medicine” has raised hope that normal structure and function may be restored in these intractable conditions, by harnessing pluripotent stem cells (cells that can be converted into all cell types of the human body) to produce specialised cells and replace diseased cells in vivo.
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