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Stem Cells

Healing broken hearts

image Published: Nov 07, 2013

It was recently reported that scientists have been working on using stem cells to repair hearts.

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Embryo Research, Human Stem Cells and Cloned Embryos Report May 2006

image Published: Nov 01, 2010

A multi-disciplinary working group of the SRT Project has produced a report on human stem cell research and embryology, which was debated at the Church of Scotland General Assembly on 23 May 2006. It assessed the scientific developments in adult and embryonic stem cells and cloning, in the context of case studies on their potential use to treat Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and and motor neurone diseases, diabetes and blood disorders. The report warns against overclaiming the potential of different approaches, which are mostly far from therapeutic application. It re-examines the complex issue of the moral status of the human embryo, recognising the differences of view within the Church.

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Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells: Ethical Dilemmas

image Published: Apr 21, 2010

Dolly the cloned sheep has become an icon for biotechnology, representing both the hopes and the fears about where embryology and genetics might lead. To most people’s relief, fears of cloned humans have not yet materialised, despite a number of attempts.

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Cloned Embryo Research: Ethical Issues

image Published: Apr 21, 2010

The creation of the first cloned human embryos was announced by Korean scientists in early 2004- though these claims were later shown to be false. Research using cloned human embryos is formally legal in the UK but remains ethically controversial.

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Human Stem Cell Patents would be Unethical

image Published: Apr 14, 2010

The working group on bioethics of the Conference of European Churches and its predecessor EECCS has for several years been engaging with the issues surrounding the patenting of biotechnological inventions. The group consists of specialists drawn from European Protestant and Orthodox churches in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK. Our range of expertise includes biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, law, medicine, medical and technological ethics, and practical theology.

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Response to the review of human embryology act

image Published: May 05, 2006

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has considered in detail many matters to do with reproduction, stem cells, the embryo and research as well as a range of wider issues of the family. Study groups of the Board of Social Responsibility reported on human genetics and genetic selection in 1995, on embryology and IVF in 1996.  In 1997 the SRT Project reported on animal and human cloning.  Both groups reported on stem cells and ‘therapeutic’ cloning in 2001,  and further stem cell reports were made from 2002-4. Sex selection issues were considered in 2002 and 2003. Our responses draw on this body of work and also on a multi-disciplinary expert working group on stem cell issues which is currently in progress and which will report to the May 2006 Assembly.

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