AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Stem Cell Research and Ethics Medical Risks and Ethical Implications

by Laura Niclasen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Stem cells; bioethics; ethics; stem cell therapy
Record ID: 1118952
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/13190


This report could be summarized has having a scientific and an ethical discussion part. The scientific part includes general information about different types of stem cells; furthermore, it provides information on the medical uses, and the medical risks that are associated with stem cells. In addition, basics on ethics and bioethics was added at the end to ease the progression of the scientific part in to the ethical discussion, that way the reader didn’t become overwhelmed with the introduction of new material. Eventually, this leads to the discussion of the ethical dilemma with the origins of embryonic stem cells by presenting arguments and counter-arguments, allowing an unbiased analytical view on the debate of stem cells. The ethical viewpoint of American society was able to influence future research of stem cells by creating and enforcing legislation. The end result being the creation of iPSCs, that show promise as an alternative to embryonic stem cells.