TITLE

Stem Cells--A Beginner's Guide

AUTHOR(S)
Mackay-Sim, Alan
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
Social Alternatives;2003 First Quarter, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the scientific background to a debate on the ethics of stem cell research. The article also introduces the concepts of embryonic and adult stem cells and their therapeutic potential, both dreamed of and currently embodied. The promise of the stem cell biology is that it is hoped that one day these cells might be used to replace parts of the human body lost through injury or disease. It may be possible for humans to grow new parts. Therapeutic cloning is a term used to describe another approach to supply stem cells for cell, tissue, or even organ transplantation. Even if adult stem cells only have limited abilities, restricted to the tissue from which they derive, it might be more appropriate in most circumstances to use adult stem cells, avoiding the problems of immune rejection and obviating the ethical issues surrounding the use of embryos. With further knowledge of stem cell biology it may be possible to avoid transplantation altogether and eventually stimulate self-repair.
ACCESSION #
9467851

 

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