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Cell Prolif. 2008 Feb;41 Suppl 1:65-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2184.2008.00492.x.

The problem of deception in embryonic stem cell research.

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National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


The field of embryonic stem cell research has been plagued by exaggeration and misrepresentation, as three major journals have had to retract significant claims about progress in this field. This problem is exacerbated by the politicized climate in which the research is conducted and defended; it may also lie deeper, in a utilitarian ethic that in principle could justify unethical actions for admittedly worthwhile long-term goals. Such an ethic risks undermining the credibility of science, which must show a commitment to the facts that is independent of social and political goals.

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