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Stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize medicine. Research is moving out of the lab and into trials with patients at a thrilling rate. We can see the path to revolutionary treatments. That's why it's so critically important for everyone to be informed and to have a say in what happens next. It's in our own interest to have an informed dialogue about stem cell research – how, when and why it is advanced. The Stem Cell Charter (stemcellcharter.org) is a call to action. It is a web-based, interactive document that provides a framework to move stem cell science forward responsibly and forms the basis of a worldwide community of support. The Charter makes the touchstones of stem cell science accessible to all people, so it's not just scientists, ethicists or government officials who know about the topic. It identifies five principles that everyone can get behind: responsible science, protection of citizens, intellectual freedom, transparency and integrity. Grounded in strong academic principles, the Charter was written by world-renowned bioethicist Bartha Maria Knoppers of McGill University, in collaboration with a working group of stem cell scientists, patients, ethicists and laypeople. Who can sign the Charter? Everyone. All you need is an email address and a belief in a better future for humanity. Charter signatories affirm the importance of stem cell science, help build the Charter community and lend their voice, time or other resources to champion the stem cell cause. As the community grows, you will be able to see a list of all the people who have signed the Charter – scientists, community and business leaders, charitable organizations and others who believe in the truly transformative power of stem cells. To sign the Stem Cell Charter, "cell" a friend or to learn more, visit stemcellcharter.org.