Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This project investigated the impact of stem cells on society, as an example of the effects of technology on humanity. This objective was met by closely examining stem cells, describing their various types, methods of isolation, medical benefits, and the ethical and legal issues surrounding their use. Chapters 1 and 2 introduce stem cells, while chapters 3 and 4 explore the ethical and legal issues with stem cell research. Based on the research in the project, the authors conclude that adult stem cells should be used in lieu of embryonic stem (ES) cells whenever possible, that excess embryos from IVF reproductive clinics should be used for ES cell research rather than embryos from paid donors, and that funding should be increased for stem cell research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology