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Number 34 ~ Winter 2012

Editor’s Note: Since its founding, The New Atlantis has paid close attention to the ethical and political controversies arising from biotechnology  —  including especially the heated debates over stem cell research. We are pleased to devote the entirety of this issue to a major report on the stem cell debates, a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the scientific facts and the moral, political, and legal stakes. This is the inaugural report of an important new body, the Witherspoon Council on Ethics and the Integrity of Science.

Front Matter

Preface

A Letter from the Chairmen of the Witherspoon Council on Ethics and the Integrity of Science

Members of the Witherspoon Council

Witherspoon Council Report

The Stem Cell Debates

Lessons for Science and Politics

Appendices

The Science of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Appendix A

The Promise of Stem Cell Therapies

Appendix B

Ethical Considerations Regarding Stem Cell Research

Appendix C

Stem Cell Research Funding: Policy and Law

Appendix D

Overview of International Human Embryonic Stem Cell Laws

Appendix E