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Human embryonic stem cells and respect for life

Authors
Journal
Journal of Medical Ethics
0306-6800
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/jme.26.3.166
Keywords
  • Article
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to stimulate academic discussion about the ethical justification of using human primordial stem cells for tissue transplantation, cell replacement, and gene therapy. There are intriguing alternatives to using embryos obtained from elective abortions and in vitro fertilisation to reconstitute damaged or dysfunctional human organs. These include the expansion and transplantation of latent adult progenitor cells. Key Words: Primordial stem cell research • embryonic stem cells • pluripotent stem cells • embryo research

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