Focus Session: New Insights Into Early Human Development: Scientific, Policy And Ethical Considerations
In this focus session, panelists will discuss scientific, ethical and policy issues raised by the use of human pluripotent stem cells or extended embryo culture to model various stages of early human development. The session will include presentations describing how researchers are using stem cells to better understand implantation, gastrulation and organogenesis, and discussions of technical and other challenges in such research. The session will also feature a review of current policies pertaining to research involving early human embryos and analyze whether they are fit-for-purpose and adequately address ethical issues raised by such research. How to inform and engage the broader community and the public at large on these advances, specifically around the need to develop an appropriate and consistent nomenclature, will also be discussed.
Presented by the ISSCR Ethics Committee