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Human embryonic stem cells: Do unfertilized human eggs offer another way?

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)

San Diego, United States

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The legal and ethical issues surrounding embryonic stem cells are complex.

While the human embryo provides one promising approach, others are worth considering at least as complementary approaches.

Unfertilized human eggs can be activated using parthenogenesis to produce human pluripotent stem cells called human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSC) that have potential therapeutic value. hpSC carry the potential to alleviate at least some of the ethical concerns surrounding embryonic stem cell research, including the harming of a viable human embryo.

However hpSC present unique ethical challenges of their own, including creating an oocyte procurement process that is acceptable to bioethical oversight and review committees in the US and overseas.

This talk will briefly present the technical issues involved with creating hpSC.  Points to be discussed will include the ethical issues surrounding hpSC in relation to other methods of deriving pluripotent stem cells, as well as the experience of International Stem Cell Corporation in setting up an oocyte procurement process that meets legal requirements and satisfies ethical considerations in both Russia and California.

Guest speaker:

Jeffrey Janus, International Stem Cell Corporation

 

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Community Forum
1875 El Prado
San Diego, 92101

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)


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The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

The mission of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is to foster science in the public interest by promoting awareness, understanding, and discussion of the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. To carry out its mission, the Center promotes more informed policy development and ethical decision-making on the part of individuals and institutions through education, outreach, and scholarly forums.

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