Donation of embryos for human development and stem cell research

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Embryo Disposition* / ethics
  • Embryo Research / ethics
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Methods
  • Stem Cell Research* / ethics