The Unnatural History and Broken Promise of Stem Cells
For decades, we have been told that the era of regenerative medicine is upon us. Stem cells – the ‘master-builders’ of your body – will soon cure just about every ailment under the sun. If not tomorrow, then the next day, or the one after that.
The medical potential of stem cell research has been widely celebrated. Less well-known is its troubled past and the reasons why stem cell salvation is always postponed.
Internationally-acclaimed leader in gene and stem cell therapies, Professor John Rasko AO, takes us on a wild tour of the scandal-prone history of stem cell research. He exposes its blunders and set-backs, confusions and delusions, tricks, lies and dirty little secrets.
Along the way, he introduces us to some of the people who have shaped this history – from the true pioneers of stem cell science to the charlatans who cooked their data and claimed fake cures. By tearing down the hype surrounding stem cells, he reveals what’s still worth hoping for.
John will be joined in conversation by Walkley Award-winning journalist Tegan Taylor, co-host (with Norman Swan) of ABC’s Coronacast.
Please note, John will be signing copies of his new book Flesh Made New: The Unnatural History and Broken Promise of Stem Cells (written with co-author Carl Power) after the event.
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Adult $35Concession* $30Student Rush^ $10
*Concession is available for Pensioners, Seniors and Students
^Limited tickets available to full-time university and high school students (suitable for years 10-12)
Friday 30 April 2021, 6.30pm
The EdgeState Library of QueenslandStanley Place, South Bank
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