Regulations Overview

STEM CELL RESEARCH using laboratory animals, mainly rodents, is allowed broadly in the world and follows the rules of Animal Welfare Guidelines from each country. In contrast, stem cell research using human stem cells can be a highly controversial topic, especially when involving cells derived from human embryos and fetuses. Conversely, using adult human stem cells, such as stem cells harvested from the bone marrow and cord blood, does not involve ethical questions.

This emerging area of science and knowledge obliges us to discuss the regulation of stem cell research at a national and international level and to review our values. To make regulations at national or international levels, it is necessary to take into account the historical perspectives of different cultures and faith traditions. The ...

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