Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and human embryo research

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date:
01 November 2012


Shand J, Berg J, Bogue C (2012) Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and human embryo research. Pediatrics 130: 972-977

Human embryonic stem cell research is  important for the understanding and treatment of paediatric diseases. However, it has raised ethical concerns based not on the use of stem cells themselves but on objections to the source of the cells; specifically, the destruction of preimplantation human embryos. Despite differences in public opinion on this issue, a large majority of the US public supports continued research using embryonic stem cells.

Given the possible substantial benefit of stem cell research on child health and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that funding and oversight for human embryo and embryonic stem cell research should continue.