Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Krishna Subhash Vyas
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, FOUNDED in 1636, is a private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is a member of the Ivy League. Recently, Harvard University opened the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), a body committed to translating stem cell research in the laboratory into the clinic as quickly as possible in an attempt to treat disease. Harvard supports research primarily in developing new therapies for disease (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer). In fact, HSCI identifies itself as a “scientific collaborative established to fulfill the promise of stem cell biology as the basis for cures and treatments for a wide range of chronic medical conditions.” HSCI states that at present, no embryonic stem cells (ES) have been used to treat diseases in humans, although research on these ES shows great potential. “Stem cell—based therapies are already in widespread The ...