Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


Stem cell research is a very controversial issue, and many individuals base their decisions about whether to support such research on misinformation. Although embryonic stem cells are the most controversial type of stem cell, many other types of stem cells exist. This IQP investigated the different types and their applications, as well as the ethics behind the research. Throughout this investigation, it was clear that ES cells provide the most medical potential due to their pluripotency, and ease of identification and growth. However, recent research has developed other types of pluripotent cells that may have fewer ethical issues. After presenting information on the science and ethics of this topic, the author provides her own conclusions based on the research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology