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Health Law Rev. 2002;11(1):62-6.

Stem cell terminology: practical, theological and ethical implications.

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John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Stem cell policy discussions frequently confuse embryonic and fetal sources of stem cells, and label untested, non-reproductive cloning as "therapeutic." Such misnomers distract attention from significant practical and ethical implications: accelerated research agendas tend to be supported at the expense of physical risks to women, theological implications in a multi-faith community, informed consent for participation in research, and treatment decisions altered by unrealistic expectations.

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