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Cell Stem Cell. 2008 Jun 5;2(6):529-33. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2008.05.005.

Human stem cell ethics: beyond the embryo.

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  • 1Berman Institute of Bioethics, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


Human embryonic stem cell research has elicited powerful debates about the morality of destroying human embryos. However, there are important ethical issues related to stem cell research that are unrelated to embryo destruction. These include particular issues involving different types of cells used, the procurement of such cells, in vivo use of stem cells, intellectual property, and conflicts of interest.

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