Stem cell research is being pursued in the hope of achieving major medical breakthroughs. Drawing on expert scientists, doctors, bioethicists, and others, the National Academies have examined the potential of stem cell technologies and provided a forum for discussing the ethical implications of stem cell research. Explore this Web site for information on stem cell basics, the National Academies’ Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, current activities, related activities, and related reports.
To enhance the integrity of human embryonic stem cell research by encouraging responsible practices in the conduct of that research, the National Academies has issued its Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. First released in 2005, the Guidelines were amended in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
What is a stem cell? What are the ethical concerns involved in stem cell research? Get the basics on stem cells by exploring Understanding Stem Cells, an educational resource from the National Academies.