Monday, May 4, 2009
Nearly five years ago, California voters decided to provide $3 billion for human embryonic stem cell research. Despite continued debate over using human embryos, the progress and promise of stem cell research to treat disease marches forward.
SAN DIEGO Maureen Cavanaugh: As the saying goes, President Obama, "with a stroke of his pen," ushered in a new era in stem cell research. In March, the president lifted restrictions against the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. That one act removed a huge barrier to what is a very promising area of medical science. Researchers have been telling us for several years now that stem cells may provide therapies and even cures for a variety of terrible illnesses including Parkinsons and Alzheimer's disease.
In this installment of our monthly series on Science and Ethics, we'll get an update on stem cell research - and hear about both the old and new ethical questions about that research.
Michael Kalichman, neuroscientist at UCSD, and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.
Catriona Jamieson, professor of medicine at UCSD and director of the Stem Cell Research Program at Moores UCSD Cancer Center.