Scoreboard Bioethics

Everyone Loses When It's Wrong

If you visit, a website co-partnered with the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, you'll notice a scoreboard at the bottom of the home page showing a tally of diseases successfully treated with adult stem cells (including induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs) versus embryonic stem cells. The current tallies are: Adult, 73; Embryonic, 0. But that second number is about to change.

One recent report on a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) trial touted success in restoring human vision for two conditions.1 This success may turn the zero into a 1 or 2, and other trials now underway may...


is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #32, Spring 2015 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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