Initial parameters seek to regulate emerging field of controversial — but exciting — research.
May 1, 2005
On April 26 the National Academies of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine released guidelines for human embryonic stem (hES) cell research, the result of eight months of deliberations by a human research ethics committee I co-chaired with MIT's Richard O. Hynes. Composed of scientists, physicians, lawyers, ethicists, a social scientist, and a private citizen, the committee held a two-day public workshop and numerous meetings. We also reviewed international guidelines, policies, and procedures in this field.