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Everyone has heard of stem cells and the biomedical revolution they herald, but what are these cells, and what should we make of them? Does China have a different ethical framework for valuing unborn life? Western politicians have warned against the growing reliance on China for embryonic and fetal stem cell research. In truth, what scientists mean by 'stem cells' is changing so fast that even they have trouble keeping up. Jack Price and Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner will explore the complex nature of stem cell research in China.
Jack Price trained at the Open University, UCL and MIT. He is Professor of Developmental Neurobiology and Director of the Centre for the Cellular Basis of Behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He also acts as Consultant for ReNeuron Ltd, a UK biotech company developing stem cell therapeutics. In 2004, he led the UK government Global Watch Stem Cell Mission to China and the Far East. He has worked on brain stem cells for about 25 years.