Multiple Risks. Coping with Contingency in Stem Cell Research and its Applications

Prof. Dr. Renate Martinsen

Institute of Political Science

University of Duisburg-Essen

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In the course of the public stem cell debate and the dynamics of this biomedical field, the contingency of decision-making grows and – as far as it is assigned to decision-makers – transforms into political risks. Against this background, there are several attempts to broaden the social basis of political decision-making in sensitive policy areas. Hence, the political science sub-project of “Multiple Risks. Coping with Contingency in Stem Cell Research and its Applications” empirically analyses social discourses by means of qualitative social science and provides a practical political access. It assumes that the transported visions have regulative effects on the present and allow forecasting precise stem cell polices that fit into societal discourse.


Tags:  Hematopoietic Stem Cells  Mesenchymal Stem Cells  Neural Stem Cells  Skin Stem Cells  Other Somatic Stem Cells  Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells  Embryonal Stem Cells  Qualitative Research  Governance  Bioethics  Technology Assessement  Risk Assessment and Management