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Lord Winston warns of stem cell 'hype'

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posted on Sep, 6 2005 @ 01:27 AM
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Winston warns of stem cell 'hype'

By Jonathan Amos
BBC News science reporter, Dublin

The potential benefits of embryonic stem cell research have probably been oversold to the public, fertility expert Lord Winston says.

He fears a backlash if science fails to deliver on some of the "hype" around the cells - as he believes may happen.

He says the notion that a host of cures for serious, degenerative disorders are just around the corner is fanciful.

However, a Cambridge University stem cell researcher said he was certain the work would lead to clinical benefits.

Lord Winston believes some of the uncertainties need to be emphasised.


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Exactly what I've been saying, but some people (a few on this website) are already sold on the notion that stem cells are the greatest thing since toasted bread. And that a cure for Alzheimer is just around the corner. Basically hold out some hope for stem cell research, but don't bet all of your money on it or you might end up a poor man.


[edit on 6-9-2005 by NWguy83]




 
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