Argument: Some scientists may be over-estimating the benefits in the broader field of stem cell research
Supporting examples and quotations
- Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University president and geneticist, said in November 2004 - "some of the public pronouncements in the field of stem-cell research come close to over-promising at best and delusional fantasizing at worst."
- The "hype": According to the BBC 9/5/05, Lord Winston, a fertility expert and current president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, cautioned against the "hype" surrounding potential treatments to the BBC and warned of public backlash against stem cell research if it fails to deliver on these expectations.
- Fetal tissue research "has not lived up to its initial expectations", possibly making it a cautionary example against expectations that stem-cell research will deliver: President Bush's speech that initiated the restrictions on federal funding to embryonic stem cell research in 2001 - "While we're all hopeful about the potential of this research, no one can be certain that the science will live up to the hope it has generated....Eight years ago, scientists believed fetal tissue research offered great hope for cures and treatments -- yet, the progress to date has not lived up to its initial expectations."