As a state that has a history of being strongly opposed to abortion, stem cell research has long been characterized by controversy in Pennsylvania. Despite the controversy, the desire to remain competitive in the field of technology has encouraged the state to be supportive of stem cell research. As a result, Pennsylvania researchers have continued to engage in significant stem cell work. There are a number of major research institutions in the state that provide a wealth of scientific and technological expertise, including the University of Pennsylvania, which is considered one of the top 10 biomedical research institutions in the United States. Penn’s top experts in the field include John D. Gearhart, director of the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Carl June, a world-renowned ...

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