In the same set of news alerts that notified me of the Vatican’s condemnation of cloning and embryonic stem cell research, I read that Insoo Hyun is the lead author of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells.
The Guidelines are also published on line at Cell Stem Cell and, along with a patient handbook and other supporting material, is available at the ISSCR website. Here is the link to the page containing links to pdf of the Guidelines, patient handbook, and other materials. That page also links to the Stem Cell Cell article.
The story in the Australian blurs the differences between destructive embryonic stem cell research and the non-destructive, ethical forms such as induced pluripotent stem cell research and adult stem cell research. The focus is on the former, detailing long anticipated (but not yet begun) phase 1 embryonic stem cell research, without mentioning on-going trials or previous achievements using the non-controversial cells.
The ISSCR in general and Dr. Hyun in particular, are very much advocates of embryonic stem cell research and cloning for research. Also on his task force were Laurie Zoloth and George Daley, both strong advocates of embryonic stem cell research. Daley has worked to create embryos slated for destruction in his own Harvard lab, although he has focused on non-destructive research, recently.
Dr. Hyun has a Ph.D. in bioethics and is on the faculty at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has focused on cloning research, and his early work included assisting the Clinton Administration’s National Bioethics Advisory Committee (that would have been along with Obama transition team members, Jonathan Moreno and Robin Alta Charo) on their “secular” article on cloning. He went to South Korea with Hu Suk Wu in order to study the effects of cloning research on the Koreans – before the Korean was exposed as a fraud.
I wonder whether there was even one member of the ISSCR teamwho considers embryonic stem cell destruction unethical? And how soon will Dr. Hyun join his former colleagues in DC?