Unruhe und Ungewissheit: Stem Cells and Risks

  • Nils-Eric Sahlin
  • Johannes Persson
  • Niklas Vareman
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


This paper focuses on the risk of unknown and uncertain long-term effects of stem cell research and its applications. Research on human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells are used as examples. We discuss some problems that such uncertain knowledge creates for decision makers, and describe how difficult decision making in this context really is. A method for handling this type of hard choice situations is presented and discussed.


Decision-making Epistemic risk Knowledge uncertainty Risk Value uncertainty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nils-Eric Sahlin
    • 1
  • Johannes Persson
  • Niklas Vareman
  1. 1.Department of Medical Ethics, Biomedical Centre, BMC C13Lund UniversityLundSweden

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