The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Life without value? Voices of embryo donors for hESC research in China

Achim Rosemann

<p>Technoscientific projects feature high on the Chinese government&rsquo;s agenda. The decoding of the rice, chicken and most recently panda genomes have caught the attention of the media and the masses. A no less ambitious plan is the drive to establish China as a key force in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. While in the West hESC research has been slowed by ethical and legal debates, a highly permissive regulatory environment has been fostered in China. Achim Rosemann investigates how this corresponds to the perceptions of potential embryo donors.</p>