Monitoring stem cell research table of contents the president's council on bioethics washington, dc january 2004 wwwbioethicsgov (the following commissioned paper was prepared at the request of the president's council on bioethics the council has not itself verified the accuracy of the information contained. The current paper will confine its primary focus to the first set of problems, since many of the salient ethical issues about cloning will arise, as it turns out, in connection with embryonic stem cell research(4) the paper takes most of the major ethical concerns in the debate to be encompassed by the following core questions. Human embryonic stem cell (hesc) research offers much hope for alleviating the human suffering brought on by the ravages of disease and injury hescs are characterized by their capacity for self-renewal and their ability to differentiate into all types of cells of the body the main goal of hesc research is. Introduction the term stem cell is used so freely these days in many different forums that it is difficult sometimes understand without context what scientists, politicians, ethicists and commentators are discussing many papers discussing the ethics of stem cell research are published about or linked to the. Cbhd's view is that because human embryonic stem cell research necessitates the destruction of human embryos, such research is unethical—regardless of its alleged benefits ethical alternatives for achieving those benefits should be actively pursued, and have demonstrated a number of promising preclinical and clincial. Embryonic stem cell research papers examine the governments decisions on this particular research and also examnines the issues involved opponents assert that the use of embryos for the purpose of stem cell research serves as the basis to destroy the life of the embryo, an act that is not tolerable on an ethical level.
The derivation of pluripotent stem cell lines from oocytes and embryos is fraught with disputes about the onset of human personhood the reprogramming of somatic cells to produce induced pluripotent stem cells avoids the ethical problems specific to embryonic stem cell research in any hsc research,. One of the most heated political battles in the united states in recent years has been over the morality of embryonic stem cell research the embryonic stem cell debate has polarized the country into those who argue that such research holds promises of ending a great deal of human suffering and others. Stem cell research has proven to be essential to further medical research its history as well as the ethical dilemmas surrounding it are hereby discussed.
And adult tissues, the use of human embryonic stem cells for research is somewhat controversial, because it touches on the fundamental debate over when life begins with regard to the use of cells from human embryos for research this paper reviews pfizer's development of a policy on the ethical use of stem cells for. Despite the benefits, the breakthroughs in stem cell research have also sparked debate in the community about the ethics of destruction of human embryos used in this research prompted by this debate, this paper undertakes an analysis of the regulatory framework of human stem cell research in australia, and compares it.
Most of the specialised cells or tissues of the body in july 1999, the nuffield council on bioethics decided to hold a round table meeting to consider the ethical issues raised by human stem cell research this discussion paper is based on that meeting, which took place in september a draft of the paper was presented to. Embryonic stem cells offer hope for new therapies, but their use in research has been hotly debated different countries have chosen to regulate embryonic stem cell research in very different ways mention embryonic stem cells in the pub and the topic still divides opinion but what exactly are the ethical arguments and why. In this paper, i will establish what stem cells are and the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells then i will evaluate the two main arguments in the embryonic stem cell research debate and finally, i will analyze the ethics of these arguments to come to the conclusion that embryonic stem cell research is ethical.