Madison to Host World Stem Cell Summit in September

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of the world's top players in the field of stem cell research will gather in Madison for a summit in September.

Up to 1,000 researchers, philanthropists and business representatives are expected to attend the World Stem Cell Summit at the Alliant Energy Center on Sept. 22 and 23.

Genetics Policy Institute founder Bernard Siegel says he chose Madison to host the event because the city has been a launching pad for the field.

He says the event will coincide with the 10-year anniversary of University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist James Thomson becoming the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells.

Thomson will speak at the summit about a new technique in which ordinary skin cells can be turned into stem cells.

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