Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this IQP was to investigate stem cell types and applications, and their effects on society via ethics and legalities. From our research we conclude that embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have greater medical potential and future applications than adult stem cells (ASCs) due to their very strong differentiation advantage and ease of growth. All 5 major world religions support ASC use, but working with ESCs is not accepted by some Christian groups. Based on our findings, we believe the current U.S. legislation recently enacted by President Obama should be extended to allow paid egg donors, as in Sweden and South Korea, and agree with its mandate to allow federal funding to support this promising technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology