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Sep 21, 2009

Stem Cell Research and Applications

The 2009 Lasker Awards honored two scientists who developed nuclear reprogramming, a process that instructs specialized adult cells to form pluripotent stem cells. This has been widely hailed in the life science research community and the biotech/biopharma industry as one of the most significant findings of the past decade. While embryonic stem cell research has been plagued by ethical concerns, some believe that the newfound ability to induce pluripotency in adult stem cells will lead to breakthroughs in the therapeutic applications of stem cells. So we want to know which type of stem cells you think will win the race.

Which type of stem cells will be the first to move from the laboratory into clinical testing?

Embryonic stem cells
 
  24.3%
Induced pluripotent stem cells
 
  22.4%
Adult stem cells
 
  48.6%
None of the above
 
  2.8%
Undecided
 
  1.9%

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