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Stem cells raise hopes, but is there money in them?

Madison, Wis. One of the more hopeful promises of stem cells is the creation of new organs, grown to meet the medical demand that is not being met by organ donation. But experts expressed concerns at last week's Stem Cell Symposium that high hopes could lead to backlash: among patients if cures do not materialize, and among investors if nobody can make money on them.

Cell transpla......

Full article >>> ells are used in the lab to create samples of tissue with known DNA to test drugs or other compounds

That could be the first source of money for a commercial stem-cell industry, well before transplant therapies even pass through clinical trials. But it's too early to say whether that will be enough to sate a public that has been told stem cells will lead to cures.

"I hate to say ......

Full article >>> aid patent issues were on some people's minds as much as the controversy over the origins of stem cells and the sanctity of life, though.

"If you saw the popular press out west, you'd think that no one except WiCell is going to make money from the exploitation of human embryonic stem cells," he said.


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