Human embryonic stem cells: research, ethics and policy

Hum Reprod. 2003 Apr;18(4):672-82. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deg143.


The use of human embryos for research on embryonic stem (ES) cells is currently high on the ethical and political agenda in many countries. Despite the potential benefit of using human ES cells in the treatment of disease, their use remains controversial because of their derivation from early embryos. Here, we address some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of human embryos and human ES cells in the context of state-of-the-art research on the development of stem cell based transplantation therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cloning, Organism / ethics
  • Embryo, Mammalian / cytology*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Fertilization in Vitro
  • Humans
  • Public Policy*
  • Stem Cells*