Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this project was to examine the effects of technology on society, using stem cell research as an example. Stem cell research is far more complex than most believe, so in this project the first two chapters discuss the many different types and variations of stem cells that exist as well as their applications. The latter two chapters deal with the ethical issues that surround this ground breaking research, and the laws various countries have enacted to help control the technology. By the end of this IQP, both authors concluded that stem cell research has tremendous potential, but must be performed in an ethical manner to minimize controversial issues. The progression of this science has the capability to improve the lives of millions which simply cannot be ignored.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology