While holding out great promise for improvements in health, treatment of disease, and increased understanding of the brain and other organs, rapidly advancing stem cell technologies raise compelling scientific, ethical, legal, and social concerns and questions.

Emerging stem cell science reflects a dynamic and often opposing balance between rapidly progressing and diverse scientific discoveries, and a host of bioethical and societal concerns. Important issues are raised at every level and stage of research, from manipulating a somatic cell into a stem cell, to enrolling a patient in a stem cell clinical trial, to educating legislators and the public. We hope readers of this on-line course will have their curiosity stimulated by the myriad of important and complex ideas raised, and carefully consider the ethical dilemmas generated by stem cell science.

"Stem Cells: Biology, Bioethics, and Applications" is supported by a grant from the New York State STEM Cell Initiative (NYSTEM). It provides information on a range of important and complex topics about stem cell science. We believe students, professors, health care professionals, and the public alike will find the online multidisciplinary course on the current and future research of stem cell technologies and its applications informative and stimulating.

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Additional Readings
Interl, J. (2010). "Getting It Right on Stem Cells." Scientific American Magazine 303(5): 27-27.
Zacharias, D. G., T. J. Nelson, et al. (2011). The Science and Ethics of Induced Pluripotency: What Will Become of Embryonic Stem Cells?, Mayo Clinic.