Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Few areas of scientific inquiry have been as fraught with moral and
political controversy as that of human embryo research, especially research
with human embryonic stem cells and research cloning. While such research
has tremendous promise for producing therapies to cure diseases and repair
injuries, it has met with opposition from those who believe it is morally
impermissible to destroy embryonic human life. At the heart of the controversy
are competing views about the meaning and value of life, and much is at stake
in how we choose to mediate the conflicting views at the level of public policy.
Siegel AW. Embryo Research. JAMA. 2004;291(13):1634-1635. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1634