Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and human embryo research

Scott C. Denne, Andrew J. Bauer, Michael D. Cabana, Tina L. Cheng, Daniel A. Notterman, Ben Scheindlin, Jeffrey J. Bergman, Mary E. Fallat, Aviva L. Katz, Mark R. Mercurio, Margaret R. Moon, Alexander L. Okun, Sally A. Webb, Kathryn L. Weise

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Human embryonic stem cell research has emerged as an important platform for the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases. From its inception, however, it has raised ethical concerns based not on the use of stem cells themselves but on objections to the source of the cells - specifically, the destruction of preimplantation human embryos. Despite differences in public opinion on this issue, a large majority of the public supports continued research using embryonic stem cells. Given the possible substantial benefit of stem cell research on child health and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that funding and oversight for human embryo and embryonic stem cell research should continue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)972-977
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


  • Embryo
  • Ethics
  • Human embryonic stem cell
  • Stem cell research


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