Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Anthony Atala  
Wake Forest University School of Medicine,
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157


Alternative Strategies for the Derivation of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines and the Role of Dead Embryos

Author(s): Svetlana Gavrilov, Virginia E. Papaioannou, Donald W. Landry.


The therapeutic potential for human embryonic stem cells (hESC) drives intense public and scientific interest. However, the classical approach for derivation of hESC entails the destruction of human embryos. Controversial ethical issues and correspondingly restrictive federal policies in many countries have prompted the development of alternative approaches for the isolation of hESC. Here, several different strategies are discussed with a focus on the harvesting of live hESC from dead embryos.

Keywords: Arrested human embryos, ES cell derivation, alternative approaches, human embryonic stem cells, hESC

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Article Details

Year: 2009
Page: [81 - 86]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/157488809787169057