Title

STEM CELLS

Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.

Abstract

Stem cell research holds hope for saving human lives, but the effect of this controversial technology on society has profound ethical and legal implications. This IQP investigation shows the ability of these simple cells to possibly treat a number of human ailments from stroke to spinal cord injuries. While there is a general consensus that the use of adult stem cells is ethically and morally just, embryonic stem (ES) cells generate significant debate due to the source of the derived cells and people's various views about when life begins. Laws governing stem cell funding vary widely in different U.S. states,and internationally. We support efforts to re-establish U.S. federal funding for ES cell research, but also support the development of alternative approaches, such as iES cells.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

September 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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