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Science Translational Medicine  05 Jul 2017:
Vol. 9, Issue 397, eaag0426
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aag0426

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vol. 9 no. 397

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  • Received for publication May 8, 2016
  • Resubmitted November 6, 2016
  • Accepted for publication February 27, 2017

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  1. Douglas Sipp1,2,3,4,*,
  2. Timothy Caulfield5,6,
  3. Jane Kaye7,
  4. Jan Barfoot8,
  5. Clare Blackburn8,
  6. Sarah Chan9,
  7. Michele De Luca10,
  8. Alastair Kent11,
  9. Christopher McCabe12,
  10. Megan Munsie13,14,
  11. Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner15,
  12. Jeremy Sugarman16,
  13. Esther van Zimmeren17,
  14. Amy Zarzeczny18 and
  15. John E. J. Rasko19,20,21,*
  1. 1Riken Center for Developmental Biology, 2-2-3 Minatojima Minamimachi, Kobe 650-0047, Japan.
  2. 2Department of Physiology, Keio University School of Medicine, 35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan.
  3. 3Global Initiatives, Keio University, 35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan.
  4. 4Riken Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, 1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan.
  5. 5Health Law Institute, 461 Law Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5, Canada.
  6. 6Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, 461 Law Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5, Canada.
  7. 7Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  8. 8Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 5 Little France Drive, Edinburgh EH16 4UU, UK.
  9. 9Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Nine Bioquarter, 9 Little France Road, Edinburgh EH16 4UX, UK.
  10. 10Center for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari,” Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via G. Gottardi 100, 41125 Modena, Italy.
  11. 11Genetic Alliance UK, Level 3 Barclay House, 37 Queen Square, London WC1N 3BH, UK.
  12. 12Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  13. 13Centre for Stem Cell Systems, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, School of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science, University of Melbourne, Level 2, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade Parkville, 3010 Victoria, Australia.
  14. 14Education, Ethics, Law and Community Awareness Unit, Stem Cells Australia, University of Melbourne, Level 2, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade Parkville, 3010 Victoria, Australia.
  15. 15Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9SJ, UK.
  16. 16Berman Institute of Bioethics and Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
  17. 17University of Antwerp, Faculty of Law, Research Group Government and Law, Venusstraat 23, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.
  18. 18Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina, 110-2 Research Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 7H1, Canada.
  19. 19Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  20. 20Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program, Centenary Institute, Sydney, Australia.
  21. 21Department of Cell and Molecular Therapies, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Level 2, Building 89, Missenden Road, Camperdown, New South Wales 2050, Australia.
  1. *Corresponding author. Email: sipp{at} (D.S.); j.rasko{at} (J.E.J.R.)


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