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August 30, 2013

Faster Than the Speed of Thought

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1983 comedic film, The Man with Two Brains,”  Steve Martin’s character falls in love with a female brain preserved in a jar.…

October 5, 2011

Happy Stem Cell [Awareness] Day!

There is a day for virtually everything these days. Forget the old school Valentine’s and Sweetest Day, or even Administrative Professional’s or Grandparents’ Day.…

June 2, 2011

Stem Cells and Baseball

When it came to light that New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon had received autologous stem cell therapy from a clinic in the Dominican Republic, an important question came before Major League Baseball: should stem cell “therapies” be banned from big league ball?…

November 10, 2010

Glenn McGee Was Right: It was Leon Kass' "Decision Point"

For those of you who will not be reading former President George W. Bush’s autobiography, Decision Points (I am among them), the National Journal has pulled out some choice selections of those items that might not make the headlines.…

September 1, 2010

McGee: Back on the Embryonic Stem Cell Merry-Go-Round, But Going In A New Direction

On the Bioethics Channel, Dr. Glenn McGee, the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, stakes out his own position regarding the recent U.S.…

August 25, 2010

Caplan: America's Sick Deserve Better

Many have called it legislating from the bench. Others have called it sending us back to the stone age. But as Arthur Caplan puts it in this week’s MSNBC column Judge Royce Lamberth’s ruling preventing the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research hasn’t just hobbled stem cell research–it has killed the hopes for recovery of tens of thousands if not millions of Americans.…

August 3, 2010

Geron Gets Green Light...Are the Floodgates Opening?

With the FDA approval of the first human stem cell trial from the Geron Corporation, there can be no doubt that dozens of other human clinical trials will quickly follow on its heels for approval for hESCs to be used in human beings to treat everything from spinal cord injuries to Alzheimer’s Disease to cancer.…

July 6, 2010

Therapeutic Misconception At Its Worst

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has created a website that aims purportedly to help patients assess the claims made by stem cell companies and researchers offering cures via stem cell research.…

June 17, 2010

Information: Stem Cell Tourism Redux (part 1)

The current issue of Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal contains the first installment in a two part series on the ethics of stem cell tourism, by long time stem cell watcher Cynthia Cohen and Peter Cohen. The Cohens pull together a large body of news...
May 12, 2010


Featuring paired issues by Stanford’s Charles E. Murdoch and Christopher Thomas Scott and University of Alberta’s Amy Zarzeczny and Timothy Caulfield, the May issue of AJOB addresses the hot topic of the ethics of stem cell tourism.…

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Published Articles (7)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 2 - Feb 2014

Transferring Morality to Human–Nonhuman Chimeras Monika Piotrowska

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

The Argument from Potentiality in the Embryo Protection Debate: Finally “Depotentialized”? Marco Stier & Bettina Schoene-Seifert

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

Two Watershed Stem Cell Experiments: A Look Back Christopher Scott

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 12 - Dec 2008

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?Visual Bioethics?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 10 - Oct 2007

"Show Me" Bioethics and Politics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 6 Issue 5 - Sep 2006

Taking Stem Cells Seriously

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 5 Issue 6 - Nov 2005

Rescuing Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: The Blastocyst Transfer Method

News (560)

April 22, 2014 12:51 pm

Cloning advance using stem cells from human adult reopens ethical questions

Scientists have grown stem cells from adults using cloning techniques for the first time — bringing them closer to developing patient-specific lines of cells that can be used to treat a whole host of ailments, from heart disease to blindness.

March 11, 2014 2:11 pm

One Author of a Startling Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction

One of the authors of a study that was claimed to have discovered a simple way to make stem cells said on Monday that he was no longer sure of his team’s conclusions, and he called for the study to be retracted.

February 21, 2014 2:37 pm

$5B initiative proposed for stem cell research

Supporters of California’s multibillion-dollar stem cell program plan to ask for $5 billion more to bring the fruits of research to patients.

February 3, 2014 1:18 pm

Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed

Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine.

September 26, 2013 5:23 pm

Stem Cells Could Lead to Better Breasts After Reconstructive Surgery

Seeding fat grafts with stem cells could improve reconstructive surgery results.

September 26, 2013 4:26 pm

Patient's own cells might be used as treatment for Parkinson's disease

iPSCs directed to differentiate into specific cell types offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

September 11, 2013 3:22 pm

Scientists grow new stem cells in a living mouse

Scientists have succeeded in generating new stem cells in living mice and say their success opens up possibilities for the regeneration of damaged tissue in people with conditions ranging from heart failure to spinal cord injury.

July 29, 2013 4:34 pm

Banking stem cells in the hope of a lifesaving cure

A French company is offering people a “bank” to store their own stem cells for years in a bet that those cells may be used to grow replacement organs and possibly save their lives someday

July 10, 2013 2:58 pm

Calimmune Initiates HIV Stem Cell Study at Two California Research Sites

The HIV gene medicines company Calimmune announced today that the first patient has begun treatment in a Phase I/II clinical trial designed to determine whether a pioneering genetic medicine approach can help to protect individuals infected with HIV.

July 8, 2013 5:30 pm

Stem-Cell Heart Repair Questioned

Dozens of papers by a German cardiologist who claims to have succeeded in using bone marrow-derived stem cells to repair patients’ damaged hearts are riddled with errors and inconsistencies.

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