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Cell Stem Cell. 2011 Apr 8;8(4):360-2. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2011.02.018.

Donation of embryos for human development and stem cell research.

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  • 1Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.


Using donated human embryos for scientific research raises ethical questions about the donation process. We describe a two-stage consent process designed to help couples make informed decisions about embryo disposition. This consent methodology minimizes conflict of interest, respects patient choice, and provides a much-needed resource to patients and the research community.

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