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New study: Stem cell field is infected with hype
New study: Stem cell field is infected with hype

When billions of dollars are at stake in scientific research, researchers quickly learn that optimism sells. A new study published in Science Translational Medicine offers a window into how hype arises in the interaction between the media and scientific researchers, and how resistant the hype machine is to hard, cold reality. The report's focus is on overly optimistic reporting on potential stem cell therapies. Its findings are discouraging. The study by Timothy Caulfield and Kalina Kamenova of the University of Alberta law school (Caulfield is also on the faculty at the school of public health) found that stem cell researchers often ply...

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