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Many promises of stem cell research

Published: March 28, 2007

A scientist working in a laboratory.
A scientist working in a laboratory.
Stem cells have been dogged by political and ethical controversies because some are derived from discarded human embryos, and because of fear and confusion about links with human reproductive cloning.

The future of stem cell therapies was thrown deeper into doubt in late 2005, when a leader of the field – Woo Suk Hwang, South Korea’s stem cell king” – was found to have forged key discoveries and flouted ethical protocols. So has the stem cell miracle been postponed? No.