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Experts agree guidelines to ensure responsible use of stem cell treatments

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 09 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2941
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Expert evaluation, independent oversight, and a thorough informed consent process are essential to ensuring responsible use of stem cell treatments in patients, advise guidelines published by the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

    The Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells set out a “roadmap” for researchers and doctors on how to move stem cells from the research laboratory into proved treatments for patients. The society, which represents stem cell researchers worldwide, recommends that governments and regulatory bodies adopt and enforce the guidelines to ensure the responsible development of safe and effective stem cell treatments.

    “Our guidelines will arm patients and their doctors with the information they need to …

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