Stem cell therapy vs. ethics and religion

Paula Melo Paulon Hansen & Stine Hesselholt Sloth

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Stem cells are somatic cells that can go through two different kinds of divisions. Symmetric division allows them to divide into undifferentiated cells, whilst asymmetric division produces one undifferentiated cell and a sister cell that will differentiate later on. Human stem cell therapy (HSCT) is a controversial theme in the religious, political, legal, ethical and scientific worlds. Although it is believed by many scientists that stem cell therapy will be able to cure life-threatening diseases and injuries in humans in the future, such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and some types of cancer, there are still some things that impede a faster and deeper progress of this therapy, such as ethical and religious issues. This report takes into consideration the religious and ethical positions related to human stem cell therapy, from the United States and from the United Kingdom, because they are two leading western countries in the scientific world. This report summarizes the present state of stem cell research and medical use, and discusses this in the light of the religious positions from those countries in the human stem cell research.

UddannelserBasis - International Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 jan. 2009


  • USA
  • Stem cell
  • UK
  • ethics
  • religion