The latest publication in The Century Foundation’s “Basics” series, Stem Cells and Public Policy, brings a new perspective to the ongoing national controversy over embryonic stem cell research.
public debate focused largely on the divisive issue of using human
embryos for research, a number of important social, political and
economic questions raised by stem cell technologies have received scant
cell technologies—and the new human biotechnologies more generally—are
potentially of great benefit, but they also entail risks,” says Richard
Hayes, CGS executive director and lead author of the new publication.
“Without comprehensive national oversight and regulation, they could be
used in ways that generate economic disparities, endanger women’s and
children’s health, and open the door to socially unacceptable
applications,” he said.
Stem Cells and Public Policy
provides a concise, comprehensive overview of basic stem cell science;
potential therapeutic applications; ethical, social and political
implications of stem cell research; the state of public opinion; and
policy options. It addresses critical questions including the
establishment of medical research priorities, the treatment of
intellectual property rights, the protection of research subjects, the
role of religious and scientific institutions in policy-making, and the
effective national and international governance of the burgeoning field
Stem Cells and Public Policy was
written by Richard Hayes of the Center for Genetics and Society in
collaboration with Pete Shanks and Marcy Darnovsky, under the direction
of Leif Wellington Haase, health care fellow at The Century Foundation.
Read the full text of Stem Cells and Public Policy in PDF format.