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Stem Cell Research

Stem cells can give rise to any tissue found in the body and thus provide nearly limitless potential for medical applications (regenerative medicine). Numerous regulatory and ethical constraints exist for this area of research. Debates often focus on the source from which stem cells are derived: embryonic or adult tissues.

To learn more about recent scientific advances in stem cell research and AMA policy in this area, read the 2003 AMA report entitled Cloning and Stem Cell Research . To learn more about the ethical appropriateness of using embryonic stem cells in biomedical research, particularly where stem cells are derived from cloned human embryos, read the 2003 AMA report entitled Cloning-for-Biomedical-Research (PDF, 112KB).

For more information on stem cell research, visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stem Cell Information Web site.    

Basics of stem cell research
Questions and answers about stem cell research.

Human cloning
Recent advances in applying somatic cell nuclear transfer technology to produce cloned human embryos has raised concerns about human cloning.