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On the Use of Animals in Emergent Embryonic Stem Cell Research for Spinal Cord Injuries


Fenton, A and Gilbert, F, On the Use of Animals in Emergent Embryonic Stem Cell Research for Spinal Cord Injuries, Journal of Animal Ethics, 1, (1) pp. 37-45. ISSN 2156-5414 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5406/janimalethics.1.1.0037


In early 2009, President Obama overturned the ban on federal funding for research involving the derivation of human embryonic stem cells (hECS). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also approved Geron's first-in-human hECS trial for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. We anticipate an increase in both research in the United States to derive hECS and applications to the FDA for approval of clinical trials involving transplantation of hECSs. An increase in such clinical trials will require a concomitant increase in the number of preceding preclinical assays. We examine important issues concerning the use of animals in SCI stem cell research that require a reevaluation of the moral permissibility of studies such as Geron's.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Ethical use of new technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Gilbert, F (Dr Frederic Gilbert)
ID Code:70086
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2011-06-01
Last Modified:2012-06-12

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