Stem cell pioneer doubts potential for transplant cures

06/23/2005 | MSNBC

James Thomson, who led the research that first isolated and cultured human embryonic stem cells, believes prospects for stem cell transplants becoming cures for disease are overestimated, and current stem cell lines are not well-suited for such applications. The University of Wisconsin biologist and veterinarian currently is working on turning embryonic stem cells into human heart cells suitable for drug testing.

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