issue guide: Stem Cell Research


see also the skinny, background & facts, pro & con

Government and nonpartisan sources

  • The National Institute for Health has a brief intro on the science of stem cell research and longer

  • A frank chat with a CNN medical correspondent also gives a good overview of the science and debate.

  • For those wanting to dive in deep, CitizenJoe recommends the president's bioethics panel reports which are surprisingly clear and balanced; the 2004 report gives a good intro to the issue, a history of the law, and - for readers with a philosophical bent - an excellent overview of the ethical arguments on both sides of the debate.

  • An op-ed advising caution on overstating the promises of stem cell research takes a balanced view.

  • Another op-ed on possible alternatives to developing embryonic stem cell lines without destroying an embryo.





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