The Race Is On: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Goes Global
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More nations are joining the human embryonic stem cell (hESC) “race” by aggressively publishing in the peer-reviewed journals. Here we present data on the international use and distribution of hESC using a dataset taken from the primary research literature. We extracted these papers from a comprehensive dataset of articles using hESC and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC). We find that the rate of publication by US-based authors is slowing in comparison to international labs, and then declines over the final year of the period 2008–2010. Non-US authors published more frequently and at a significantly higher rate, significantly increasing the number of their papers. In addition, international labs use a more diverse set of hESC lines and Obama-era additions are used more in non-US locations. Even considering the flood of new lines in the US and abroad, we see that researchers continue to rely on a few lines derived before the turn of the century. These data suggest “embargo” effects from restrictive policies on the US stem cell field. Over time, non-US labs have freely used lines on the US registries, while federally funded US scientists have been limited to using those lines approved by the NIH.
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Stem Cell Reviews and Reports
Volume 8, Issue 4 , pp 1043-1047
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- 1. Program on Stem Cells in Society, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford, CA, 94305, USA
- 2. General Internal Medicine & Health Care PolicyResearch, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 55905, USA
- 3. Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA
- 4. The National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada