Bioethics Briefing No 5:Stem Cells

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website.This is the fifth in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter).

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Stem cells have the potential to develop into different cell types in the human body and as such, can be used for tissue repair or, perhaps in the distant future, for the creation of spare body parts perhaps. This briefing provides background on stem cell, the two different types of stem cells (adult and embryonic), and the ethics involved in using them. It also covers some of the hype that has surrounded the possibilities claimed for stem cells.

Each topic is available as a PDF file which can be downloaded. The PDF files contain background information, case studies, a list of resources and links to further information.

 

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