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Embryonic Stem cell-based Novel Alternative Testing Strategies

What are the ethical considerations of working with ES cells?

Generation of embryonic stem cell lines involves using surplus blastocysts that are the byproduct of in vitro fertilisation. Research using such cell lines is therefore often criticised as immoral as critics claim it involves the killing of human embryos. An in-depth discussion of this problem can be found in the article "The Biological and Ethical Basis of the Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for In Vitro Test Systems or Cell Therapy" (ALTEX 25(3), 163-190), http://www.altex.ch/en/index.html?id=16&aid=3.

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