What Can We Learn from the Stem Cell Wars?

The US and many other countries have been locked in intense debate about the ethics of using embryonic stem cells for research and potential therapies. To some it is killing a human being; to others it is better to put to good use cells that would otherwise be discarded. Some see no ethical conflict at all. Is embryonic stem cell research ethical? Are embryos deserving of protections awarded to human beings? Does the funding source - public or private - make a difference? Ezekiel J. Emanuel MD, Nigel M. de S. Cameron and Sandra L. Thurman discuss these issues with Michelle McMurry, MD.

Festival: 2006

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