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The Stem Cell Society, Singapore (SCSS) was registered in January 2008. SCSS is a non-profit organization which seeks to serve the community with a threefold objective; (i) to bring together researchers, clinicians, health professionals, and companies interested in stem cells, (ii) to provide information to lay persons about stem cells and (iii) to provide a focus for all issues connected with stem cells.

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International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) releases "2016 Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation"

As with earlier guidelines, the 2016 guidelines call for rigor, oversight, and transparency in all aspects of stem cell research as well as research integrity, patient welfare, and social justice. These guidelines update and expand the ISSCR's earlier Guidelines for the Conduct of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, 2006 and the Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells, 2008.

At their core, the new guidelines preserve the imperative for a specialized oversight process for research involving human embryos, in recognition of the unique sensitivities surrounding such research. They also respond to advances in science and encompass a broader and more expansive scope of research and clinical endeavor than before, imposing rigor on all stages of the research, addressing the cost of regenerative medicine products, and highlighting the need for accurate and effective public communication.

Below are the links to several articles that we hope will be helpful in highlighting key elements and recommendations in the guidelines and the deliberations behind them:

"Setting Global Standards for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation: The 2016 Guidelines" (Stem Cell Reports) by Daley and colleagues

"Global Standards for Stem Cell Research" (Nature) by Kimmelman and colleagues

"Translating Stem Cell-Based Interventions Ethically: The ISSCR Guidelines" (The Lancet) by Kimmelman and colleagues

"Confronting Stem Cell Hype" (Science) by Caulfield and colleagues



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