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.
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 .
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: https://www.eurostemcell.org/regenerative-medicine-society/insight-stem-cells-and-stem-cell-research-fake-news
The full original article can be accessed here:
 Fake news portrayals of stem cells and stem cell research. Regen. Med. 12(7), 765–775 (2017)..