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From teratocarcinomas to embryonic stem cells and beyond: a history of embryonic stem cell research.
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PMID:  16534514     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We are currently facing an unprecedented level of public interest in research on embryonic stem cells, an area of biomedical research that until recently was small, highly specialized and of limited interest to anyone but experts in the field. Real and imagined possibilities for the treatment of degenerative and other diseases are of special interest to our rapidly ageing population; real and imagined associations of stem cells to cloning, embryos and reproduction stir deeply held beliefs and prejudices. The conjunction of these factors could explain the recent sudden interest in embryonic stem cells but we ought to remember that this research has a long and convoluted history, and that the findings described today in the scientific and popular press are firmly grounded in research that has been going on for several decades. Here I briefly recapitulate this fascinating history.
Davor Solter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature reviews. Genetics     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1471-0056     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat. Rev. Genet.     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-17     Completed Date:  2006-05-02     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100962779     Medline TA:  Nat Rev Genet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Davor Solter is at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology, Stübeweg 51, 79108 Freiburg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Embryo Research / history*
Embryo, Mammalian / cytology*
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Stem Cells / physiology*
Teratocarcinoma / history*
Testicular Neoplasms / history*

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