Below are various resources on stem cell research which will help you to explore this topic further.
Radio interview on ‘making embryonic stem cells without human embryos?’ An attempt to eliminate the human embryo controversy.
The Stem Cell Story
Cloning Humans – Clayton TV programme
This online programme looks at the controversy surrounding stem cell research and includes interviews with key scientists, ethicists and politicians from the UK and US.
Benefits of Stem Cells to Human Patients
A website providing comprehensive information on the basics of stem cells. It also provides a lot of research resources covering scientific, social and ethical aspects of stem cell research.
A UK website about stem cells, highlighting some developments in stem cell research in the UK.
News stories on stem cell research
The UK Stem Cell Bank was established to provide a repository of human embryonic, foetal and adult stem cell lines as part of the UK governance for the use of human embryos for research.
FAQ re: stem cells and the law – A fact sheet summarising laws governing stem cell research in USA, EU and UK.
Constantly updated news and guidance on recent UK policies on stem cell research and related ethical issues.
The United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning calls on Member States to adopt all measures necessary to prohibit all forms of human cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.
A press release announcing the General Assembly’s adoption of the declaration can be found here.
Directive 98/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 1998 on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions is a European Union directive in the field of patent law, made under the internal market provisions of the Treaty of Rome.
The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, otherwise known as the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, or the Oviedo Convention, after Oviedo, Spain, the place where it was first signed, is a 1997 treaty drafted by the Council of Europe regarding various aspects of bioethics.
Christian Medical Fellowship – ‘Files’ series:
Pardo, R., & Calvo, F. (2008) Attitudes toward embryo research, worldviews, and the moral status of the embryo frame. Science Communication 30 (1): 8–47.