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Stem cells and regenerative medicine: From research to clinical applications


Chalmers, D and Rathjen, P and Rathjen, J and Nicol, D, Stem cells and regenerative medicine: From research to clinical applications, Journal of Law and Medicine, 20, (4) pp. 831-844. ISSN 1320-159X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Stem cell science has attracted widespread international interest in recent years. Stem cells are valuable tools for basic science. There are considerable hopes that stem cell technology may lead to treatments for degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, and for ischemic events, such as stroke and heart attack. Stem cells may become sources for replacement and transplantation tissue for nerve, muscle, blood, liver, pancreatic and heart diseases. The science has accelerated over the last decade, especially since the discovery of pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells in humans in 1998. The term "regenerative medicine" is increasingly used as stem cell research moves towards clinical applications, such as trials to address macular degenerative disorders. This article examines the current state of the science of stem cell technology, the regulatory frameworks established for the derivation of stem cells, particularly from human embryos, which has attracted the greatest ethical and legal controversy, and the translation of stem cell research to clinical applications.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chalmers, D (Professor Don Chalmers)
UTAS Author:Rathjen, P (Professor Peter Rathjen)
UTAS Author:Rathjen, J (Dr Joy Rathjen)
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
ID Code:85469
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2013-07-09
Last Modified:2018-03-08

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