Using stem cells for research is one of the most controversial issues that affect the human rights and dignity. On the other hand, this is one of the most important technologies for living organisms. Recently it became more important for research and research organizations due to the hopes of the expected outcomes. Many ethical issues were raised regarding the source of the stem cells and research goals. Regional and international committees discussed the ethical issues related to the stem cells and it was regulated by binding laws on different countries. This presentation will discuss the ethical concerns and the international regulations. The Islamic framework and the basics of Shari’a on the biomedical research, national regulations and the Saudi national committee of bioethics regulations will also be covered.


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  • Received: 05 March 2012
  • Accepted: 28 March 2012
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