A Brief Study on Stem Cell Research

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Human stem cells come from a number of different places including aborted fetuses (whether that is a spontaneous or an induced abortion), stored or extra embryos retrieved from infertility treatment, embryos created for the purposes of research, cell lines that already exist, and taken from peripheral blood or bone marrow (CII Biotech Resource Centre, 2012). When getting informed consent from people whether individuals or couples regarding stem cell research there are a few important points that need to be made clear in the consent form including: the purpose of the study (in clear and concise language), research protocol, what usually happens to fetal tissue at that institution, what the choices are for the use of extra embryos or gametes that institution, the promise that the research will not involve using any of the fetal tissue to transplant into another woman, that the institution will destroy the embryo, and whether or not embryos will be developed using the gametes given (2012). Any one of these issues can become a problem if they are not clearly outlined in the informed consent form. The purpose of the study is one of the most important issues that should be covered in the informed consent. Are embryos being created for research purposes or are they being created for fertility treatment? There is a concern with stem cell research that a "black market" for human embryos will be created and that people may be talked into donating embryos as well (NIH, 2006). The exact
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