J Med Ethics 34:849-851 doi:10.1136/jme.2008.024786
  • 10 years of stem cells

The significance of induced pluripotent stem cells for basic research and clinical therapy

  1. J R Meyer
  1. Dr John R Meyer, Prelature of Opus Dei, 765 14th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA; jrmeyer{at}
  • Received 7 February 2008
  • Revised 7 May 2008
  • Accepted 9 May 2008


It is argued that the use of induced pluripotent stem cells for regenerative therapy may soon be ethically practicable and could sidestep the various objections pertaining to other types of stem cell (human embryonic stem cells, and stem cells obtained by altered nuclear transfer or somatic cell nuclear transfer).


  • Funding: None declared.

  • Competing interests: None.