Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


One of the most controversial issues in the scientific community is that of stem cell research. The conflict comes from the ethical questions brought to light by this field of exploration and its effect on society. There are numerous types of stem cells and sources, and each has its own set of properties. The clinical use of stem cells has shown promise for many suffering from disease or injury. However, research is being restrained because legislators cannot agree on what should be permissible. Many reservations are founded in the ethical beliefs of those involved. We conclude that while some branches of stem cell research are indeed ethically questionable, there are facets that should be explored further, and more tolerant legislation should be passed to allow researchers to do so.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology