Pediatricians OK Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Citing its potential for use in pediatric diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics has thrown its support behind human embryonic stem cell research.

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*Restrictions on stem cell research supported by the academy included the following:*Human embryonic stem cells used for research should be derived from excess embryos created through in vitro fertilization for reproductive purposes and no longer needed for that purpose.*The individuals who sought reproductive treatment must give consent for the embryos to be used for research.*No payments should be offered for donated embryos used to obtain human embryonic stem cells.*There should be a clear separation between the prospective embryo donor’s decision to create human embryos for reproductive purposes and the donor’s decision to donate human embryos for research purposes.That’s Progress!