Policy ForumMedicine

Consent from Donors for Embryo and Stem Cell Research

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Science  15 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5635, pp. 921
DOI: 10.1126/science.1087038

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As research with human embryos and embryonic stem cells proceeds, the authors of this Policy Forum argue that all donors of biological materials should give informed consent, including oocyte and sperm donors. Informed consent is particularly important because of the diverse opinions and strong emotions that surround such research. Some gamete donors who are willing to help women and couples bear children may object to the use of their genetic materials for certain types of research.