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April 17, 2009

International stem cell environments: a world of difference

A publication arising out of the Lay of the Land workshop, has been published by Nature Reports Stem Cells: (2009) doi:10.1038/stemcells.2009.61. See http://www.nature.com/stemcells/2009/0904/090416/full/stemcells.2009.61.html.

The Lay of the Land workshop was the first key milestone for the Stem Cell Network funded project, “The Stem Cell Research Environment: Drawing the Evidence and Experience Together”, led by PI Timothy Caulfield, and co-PI’s Bartha Knoppers, Edna Einsiedel and Michael McDonald.  The Lay of the Land brought together an international group of scholars to consider the current ‘lay of the land’ of the international stem cell research environment by examining existing evidence and identifying areas requiring further exploration. 

This piece, “International stem cell environments: a world of difference” highlights the key themes arising from this focused consideration.  An extended and more comprehensive review will be published at a later date as the introduction to a special issue of Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, along with the five background papers presented at the workshop. 

-- Amy Zarzeczny, Caulfield group, University of Alberta

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