The term “stem cell” has become seemingly ubiquitous in modern scientific research. From the first successful bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia in 1956 to the birth of Dolly the sheep clone in 1996, stem cells have been the foundation of several groundbreaking headlines in recent times.1 However now, prominent research groups across the world are working on using stem cell therapies to treat a variety of medical issues that span the entire human body. What are stem cells, and why is the scientific community so excited about the prospects of stem cell therapies?
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THE ALARMIST PHRASE "HAS SCIENCE GONE TOO FAR?" used to be reserved for those “Is This Image Real or Fake?” ads on Myspace showing a horse with a shark’s head. Nowadays however, we may have finally reached the point where we must seriously ask whether or not science has overstepped its ethical boundaries...