Гонка за стволовыми клетками продолжается

Научные исследования обычно проводятся с целью улучшить нашу с вами жизнь, но это также и бизнес, в который правительства и корпорации вкладывают огромные деньги. Ставки и потенциальные доходы некоторых направлений исследований чрезвычайно высоки, вот почему когда недавно обнаружилось, что корейский учёный Хванг Ву-Сук представил ложные результаты своей работы по исследованию стволовых клеток, это вызвало такой широкий резонанс.

Данный эпизод – это свидетельство усиления сегодняшней общемировой гонки в сфере здравоохранения, а точнее – в области исследований стволовых клеток. Возможно, вскоре какой-нибудь учёный совершит одно из самых больших открытий в истории медицины, но кто это будет, пока сказать невозможно.

Последняя значительная научная гонка подобного типа касалась попытки создания карты генома человека, способной радикально изменить наше будущее. Данные исследования были начаты Соединёнными Штатами, которые изучили последствия атомных бомбардировок Японии и поэтому хорошо понимают степень отрицательного воздействия на генетику человека различных факторов в долгосрочной перспективе. Проводимые сегодня исследования стволовых клеток и их потенциала имеют не меньшее значение, потому что могут привести к такой же радикальной революции в медицине.

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