Monday, May 02, 2005

Managing Stem Cell Expectations

The California stem cell agency is working hard to put money in the field to find cures for everything from cancer to dementia. But Stu Leavenworth, an associate editor of The Sacramento Bee, sounded a cautionary note in an opinion piece.

It said in part:

“Now that the initiative is law, Proposition 71 supporters face a daunting challenge - how to manage lofty public expectations.

“Partly because of the P.R. campaign, many patient advocates and California taxpayers believe that medical miracles are imminent. In reality, most scientists say it will take years, and possibly decades, before embryonic stem cell treatments are proven and made widely available.”
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