HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Dartmouth professor makes case for ethically universal stem cell lines

HANOVER, NH -- Human embryonic stem cells (hESC), those very young cells that are a biological blank slate, have the potential to become more specialized, contributing to the workings of a wide variety of organs and tissues. Their potential to treat diseases such as Parkinsons is slow to be realized because of the ongoing ethical debate over harvesting hESCs, a process called deriving hESC lines. Additionally, its a politically charged issue in the U.S. because it involves federal funding for research.

A recently published paper by Dartmouth Professor Ronald M. Green examines the moral questions and the scientific feasibility of deriving hESC lines in ways that avoid destroying living human embryos. The paper, published in the June 2007 issue of Nature Reviews Genetics, considers six current approaches: altered nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, single-blastomere biopsy, somatic-cell dedifferentiation, the use of dead embryos, and the use of abnormal embryos. Greens goal, as stated in the paper, is to greatly accelerate hESC research that is closer to being universally acceptable.

I think we can pursue hESC research and also respect the sensitivities of our fellow citizens. Its not impossible to do both, says Green, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, and the faculty director of the Dartmouth Ethics Institute. In addition to resolving current debates, he argues, these alternatives can make possible hESC lines that are ethically universal. These would be analogous to the universal O-type blood group: lines that could be used by anyone regardless of their ethical views on the moral status of the embryo.

Green, who is also an adjunct professor of community and family medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School, says, The six approaches differ in technique, most directly in how the blastocyst is created. The blastocyst, where hESCs are found, is the three- to five-day-old embryo that has not yet
'"/>

Contact: Sue Knapp
sue.knapp@dartmouth.edu
603-646-3661
Dartmouth College
7-Jun-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Plants that produce more vitamin C may result from UCLA-Dartmouth discovery
2. Vitamin extends life in yeast, Dartmouth Medical School researchers find
3. Dartmouth researchers find that arsenic triggers unique mechanism in rare leukemia
4. Dartmouth researchers find that low doses of arsenic have broad impact on hormone activity
5. Dartmouth researchers identify a gene that enhances muscle performance
6. Dartmouth study contributes to research addressing malnutrition and iron deficiency
7. Genetic variation impacts aspirins effectiveness in preventing colon cancer, Dartmouth study finds
8. Dartmouth researchers find a neural signature of bilingualism
9. Dartmouth and GlycoFi report full humanization of therapeutic proteins from yeast
10. GlycoFi and Dartmouth report full humanization of yeast glycosylation pathway in Science
11. Dartmouth researchers find key player in immune system regulation

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/14/2014)... research team has discovered a new kind of stem cell ... that lines liver blood vessels, according to a study published ... existence of such a cell type contradicts current theory on ... may hold clues to origins of, and future treatment for, ... single cell into a complex being made up of more ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... JOLLA, CA – October 14, 2014 – Scientists from ... million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ... prevalent virus-induced hemorrhagic fever disease in Africa. The study ... and why some patients die, while others survive the ... to understand the basic mechanism of how Lassa fever ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, ... brief genomic history of tomato breeding, based on sequencing ... C.M. Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center at UC Davis ... seed of both cultivated tomato varieties and related wild ... tomato genome sequence completed just two years ago, shows ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Stem cell discovery challenges dogma on how fetus develops; holds insights for liver cancer and reg 2Stem cell discovery challenges dogma on how fetus develops; holds insights for liver cancer and reg 3Scripps Research Institute team receives $6.6 million to investigate deadly Lassa virus 2
(Date:10/18/2014)... October 19, 2014 The “Human ... Acting, Intermediate Acting, Premixed), Modern Human Insulin (Rapid ... Levemir, NovoRapid, Novomix, Tresiba, Others) - Forecast to ... drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends, and ... with the estimates and forecasts of the revenue ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... The Asia-Pacific hardware encryption display market ... with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market was ... reach $51,362.6 million by 2018, at a CAGR of ... TOC of the Asia-Pacific hardware encryption market report, to ... also provides a glimpse of the segmentation of the ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... October 18, 2014 According to a ... & Well Type - Global Trends & Forecasts up ... $31 billion in 2011. This value is expected to ... by 2017, with 10% CAGR during the same period. ... fracturing production market in terms of hydraulic horse power ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... Alice,s journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in ... unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that ... in The Optical Society,s (OSA) new high-impact journal ... first time, a new type of mirror that forgoes ... light by using an unusual magnetic property of a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Medical Human Insulin Market Is Expected to Reach $42 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 5The Asia-Pacific hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $51,362.6 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asia-Pacific hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $51,362.6 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3Hydraulic Fracturing Market Projected To Reach $64 Billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Hydraulic Fracturing Market Projected To Reach $64 Billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Hydraulic Fracturing Market Projected To Reach $64 Billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways 2Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways 3Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways 4
Cached News: