Assay Depot Infographic: Dialing in on Americans' Thoughts on Stem Cell Research
Stem cell-based therapies offer potential new ways to treat diseases for which there is no current cure, including heart disease, the leading cause of death among U.S. adults. The unique ability of embryonic stem cells to transform into any type of tissue has also opened up the exciting possibility of cures for currently intractable disorders such as blindness, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke, as well as, given hope for recovery from spinal cord injuries. Because embryonic stem cells are harvested from 4- to 5-day-old human embryos, their use in medical research has sparked significant controversy. Here we take a the pulse of Americans on this important issue.