Stem Cell Research News


Guests:

Catherine Verfaillie
Director, University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota

Dan Kaufman
Assistant Professor, Stem Cell Institute and Dept. of Medicine
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation
University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota

Stanimir Vuk-Pavlovic
Director, Stem Cell Laboratory
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Jeff Kahn
Director, Center for Bioethics
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota

Stem cells hold the promise of curing many of our most dreaded illness—from Alzheimers to Parkinson's—and might one day make organ transplants a thing of the past. But the research has been slow as ethical minefields are navigated and political battles cloud its direction. In this hour, we'll take a look at the state of stem cell research in the U.S. Can adult stem cells one day eliminate the need for embryonc cells? What are the ethical considerations in using cells from an embryo?

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