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Developments in Stem Cell Research: SCANNING EMERGING ISSUES OF THE FUTURE: FOCUS AND METHOD

10 October 2011

SCANNING EMERGING ISSUES OF THE FUTURE are a series of briefs produced by the Strategy & Change Program. The briefs in the series identify emerging strategic issues that are relevant for the four themes of S&C: security, technology & innovation, economy & society, and sustainable development.

For each of these issues, we explore policy implications across the four themes. To identify these issues, Strategy & Change employs an innovative approach analyzing a wealth of forward looking resources available on the Internet. This process is supported by Leximancer text mining software.

Developments in Stem Cell Research


The use of embryonic stem cells evoked controversy over stem cell research. This controversy has impeded stem cell research because it was hard to receive approval for clinical trials. Recent breakthroughs allow researchers to circumvent the use of embryonic stem cells, which could mitigate the controversy over stem cell research and accelerate the results of new projects. This would imply faster scientific progress and the expedited verification through clinical trials. For example in the future, new drugs may be more effective. Damaged and lost tissue may be artificially regenerated, incurable diseases may be eradicated. Moreover stem cells may offer a deeper insight into the intricacies of life.

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Experts on this report

Director of the Strategic Futures Program

Erik Frinking

Erik Frinking is the Director of the Strategic Futures Program at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University.

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