Monitoring Stem Cell Research

The President's Council on Bioethics, Washington, DC, January 2004.


I am pleased to present to you Monitoring Stem Cell Research, a report of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Over the past two years, in keeping with your stated intention, the Council has been monitoring developments in stem cell research, as it proceeds under the implementation of the administration’s policy. We have consulted widely, heard presentations, and commissioned review essays (included as appendices in this volume) on all aspects of the topic—scientific, ethical, and legal. Our desire has been both to understand what is going on in the laboratory and to consider for ourselves the various arguments made in the ongoing debates about the ethics of stem cell research and the wisdom of the current policy. Although both the policy and the research are still in their infancy, the Council is now ready to give you and the American people an update on this important area of research.

Table of Contents:

Letter of Transmittal
Members of the President’s Council on Bioethics
Council Staff and Consultants
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Current Federal Law and Policy
Chapter Three: Recent Developments in the Ethical and Policy Debates
Chapter Four: Recent Developments in Stem Cell Research and Therapy
Glossary of Terms
Appendix A: Notes on Early Human Development
Appendix B: Remarks by President George W. Bush on Stem Cell Research
Appendix C: Bush Administration NIH Guidelines for Embryonic Stem Cell Funding
Appendix D: ClintonAdministration NIH Guidelines for Embryonic Stem Cell Funding