Human embryonic stem cell registries: value, challenges and opportunities

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Department of Cell Biology



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Biomedical Research; Computational Biology; Databases, Factual; Embryo Research; Embryonic Stem Cells; Europe; Guidelines as Topic; Humans; Intellectual Property; *Registries


Cell Biology


The accelerating pace of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research has created an urgent need for the development of hESC registries, information repositories intended to gather, organize and disseminate hESC information. Although of enormous value to this evolving field, registries face significant challenges to their development. These challenges include addressing the legal and ethical issues surrounding hESC derivation as well as complex intellectual property concerns. In addition to these issues, registries must develop tools to efficiently gather, validate and present many different types of hESC information from a variety of sources. Given the pace and regulatory complexities of this field, it is important that registries develop cooperative mechanisms to avoid duplication and more efficiently support hESC research.

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Citation: J Cell Biochem. 2008 Oct 15;105(3):625-32. Link to article on publisher's site

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