Insight on stem cells and stem cell research in fake news

To further public understanding of regenerative medicine, EuroStemCell has published lay summaries for all articles from the latest Regenerative Medicine special focus issue.

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Dec 11, 2017

EuroStemCell have launched a digital platform to accompany the publication of the Regenerative Medicine two-part Special Focus Issue entitled “Regenerative Medicine in Society: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. The platform presents lay summaries of each article in the issue which are freely available to all in order to engage and educate non-experts on the key issues surrounding regenerative medicine.

You can now read the lay summary for the article entitled 'Fake news portrayals of stem cells and stem cell research' from Alessandro Marcon, Blake Murdoch & Timothy Caulfield [1].

Misinformation and exaggerated claims found in online fake news stories can confuse the public, increase polarised views, and potentially impact government policies. The stem cell research community in particular should be aware of public opinions, as there is an abundant amount of misinformation about the benefits and risks of stem cell research. The recent study by Blake Murdoch and colleagues investigates how stem cells and stem cell research is being portrayed in news stories found on Internet domains (websites) known to promote fake and dubious news and identifies current trends in the themes and content of these stories.

What questions & challenges are raised? What insight and direction does this give for research policies? To find out, read the full lay summary on the EuroStemCell website here:

The full original article can be accessed here:


[1] Marcon A, Murdoch B, Caulfield TFake news portrayals of stem cells and stem cell research. Regen. Med. 12(7), 765–775 (2017).

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Regenerative Medicine is an award-winning peer-reviewed journal, in print and web formats. The journal provides a forum to address the important challenges and advances in stem cell research and regenerative medicine, delivering this essential information in concise, clear and attractive article formats. Among other indexing services Regenerative Medicine is listed by MEDLINE/Index Medicus, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Chemical Abstracts, Science Citation Index Expanded™ (SciSearch®), Emcare, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Biotechnology Citation Index®, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition®, Scopus® with an Impact Factor of 2.786 (2014). Each issue contains expertly drafted Reviews, Original Research articles, Perspectives, Editorials, topical insight from international leaders in their field, and additional added-value content. The Senior Editor of the journal is Professor Chris Mason, University College London. You can find out more about Regenerative Medicine at our website (, where you can find the aims and scope of the journal and details of our international editorial board.

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