[Stem cell research] is now considered among the most seminal medical findings of the past century, on a par with the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick.]
Stem cells not only revolutionized the treatment of cancer, but laid the foundations for regenerative medicine, and fueled the emergence of a biomedical industry, particularly in Canada.
While most modern medicine, from drugs to surgery, is designed to treat symptoms, stem cells can actually cure disease.
There is also promising – but early – research suggesting that stem-cell therapy may be able to cure diabetes, blindness and even spinal-cord injury. Most of this work is being done in thousands of clinical trials around the world.
Critics, however, argue that there has been far more hype than treatments that are effective and affordable in the real world.
[James Price, president and CEO of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation] said that is true to an extent. “There is a lot of hype because the potential is enormous. Science takes time but, in the stem-cell field, we’re making steady progress.”
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