Stem Cell Research Bibliography


The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's position or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

Stem Cell Research (General) | Additional Key Reports on Stem Cell Research | Articles


Stem Cell Research (General)

  • Benjamin, Ruha. People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. Stanford University Press, 2013.
  • Bevington, Linda K., Ray G. Bohlin, Gary P. Stewart, John F. Kilner, and C. Christopher Hook. Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research and Cloning: Are These Technologies Okay to Use? Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2002.***
  • Bouhassira, Eric E., ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2015.
  • Buratovich, Michael A. The Stem Cell Epistles: Letters to My Students about Bioethics, Embryos, Stem Cells, and Fertility Treatments. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.
  • Capps, Benjamin J. and Alastair V. Campbell, eds. Contested Cells: Global Perspectives on the Stem Cell Debate. London: Imperial College Press, 2010.
  • Carrier, Ewa, and Gracy Ledingham. 100 Questions & Answers about Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2004.
  • Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and National Research Council. Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2005.
  • Devaney, Sarah. Stem Cell Research and the Collaborative Regulation of Innovation. Routledge, 2015.
  • Devolder, Katrien. The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Franklin, Sarah. Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship. Experimental Futures. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.
  • Fox, Cynthia. Cell of Cells: The Global Race to Capture and Control the Stem Cell. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.
  • Friedman, Lauri S., and Hal Marcovitz. Is Stem Cell Research Necessary? Referencepoint Press, 2009.
  • Furcht, Leo, William Hoffman, and Brock Reeve. The Stem Cell Dilemma: The Scientific Breakthroughs, Ethical Concerns, Political Tensions, and Hope Surrounding Stem Cell Research. 2nd ed. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2011.
  • Gillis, Marin. Ethics, Stem Cells, and Women: A Feminist Perspective. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009.
  • Gruen, Lori, Laura Grabel, and Peter Singer, eds. Stem Cell Research: The Ethical Issues. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.
  • Hug, Kristina and Göran Hermerén, eds. Translational Stem Cell Research: Issues Beyond the Debate on the Moral Status of the Human Embryo. New York: Springer, 2011.
  • Humber, James M., and Robert F. Almeder. Stem Cell Research. Totowa, NJ: Humana, 2004.
  • Jochemsen, Henk, Elisa Garcia, Asher Meir, and Ron Harris. Human Stem Cells: Source of Hope and of Controversy. Chicago: The Bioethics Press, 2005. ***
  • Jones, Gareth and Mary Byrne, eds. Stem Cell Research and Cloning: Contemporary Challenges to Our Humanity. Hindmarsh, SA: ATF Press, 2005.
  • Kass, Leon R. Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics. San Francisco: Encounter, 2002.
  • Kelly, Evelyn B. Stem Cells. New York: Greenwood, 2006.
  • Knoepfler, Paul. Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2013.
  • Korobkin, Russell, and Stephen R. Munzer. Stem Cell Century: Law and Policy for a Breakthrough Technology. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.
  • Krimsky, Sheldon. Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers. Columbia University Press, 2015.
  • Lanza, Robert, Roger Pedersen, Douglas Melton, John Gaerhart, E. Donnall Thomas, James A. Thomson, and Brigid Hogan, eds. Essentials of Stem Cell Biology. Burlington, MA: Academic, 2013.
  • Maienschein, Jane. Whose View of Life? Embryos, Cloning, and Stem Cells. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
  • Marzilli, Alan. Stem Cell Research and Cloning. New York: Chelsea House, 2007.
  • Monroe, Kristen Renwick, Ronald Miller, and Jerome Tobis, eds. Fundamentals of the Stem Cell Debate: The Scientific, Religious, Ethical, and Political Issues. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.
  • Mulkay, Michael. The Embryo Research Debate: Science and the Politics of Reproduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. 
  • Mummery, Christine, Anja van de Stolpe, Bernard Roelen, and Hans Clevers. Stem Cells: Scientific Fact and Fiction. 2nd ed. Waltham, MA: Academic Press, 2014.
  • National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Report and Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Vol. 1 of Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research. Rockville, MD: NBAC, 1999. (Available at
  • __________. Commissioned Papers. Vol. 2 of Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research. Rockville, MD: NBAC, 2000. (Available at
  • __________. Religious Perspectives. Vol. 3 of Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research. Rockville, MD: NBAC, 2000. (Available at
  • Østnor, Lars, ed. Stem Cells, Human Embryos and Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Springer, 2008.
  • Panno, Joseph. Stem Cell Research: Medical Applications and Ethical Controversy. New York: Checkmark, 2006.
  • Park, Alice. The Stem Cell Hope: How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives. New York: Plume, 2012.
  • Peters, Ted, Karen Lebacqz, and Gaymon Bennett. Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.
  • Plomer, Aurora and Paul Torremans. Embryonic Stem Cell Patents: European Patent Law and Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Potten, Christopher S., Robert B. Clarke, James Wilson, and Andrew G. Renehen, eds. Tissue Stem Cells. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2006.
  • The President's Council on Bioethics. Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry (Available at
  • Quiqley, Muireann, Sarah Chan, and John Harris, eds. Stem Cells: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2012.
  • Ruse, Michael, and Christopher A. Pynes, eds. The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2006.
  • Shostak, Stanley. Becoming Immortal: Combining Cloning and Stem-cell Therapy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.
  • Slack, Jonathan. Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Snow, Nancy E., ed. Stem Cell Research: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005.
  • Thompson, Charis. Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.
  • Waters, Brent, and Ronald Cole-Turner, eds. God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003.

Out of Print:

  • Bellomo, Michael. The Stem Cell Divide: The Facts, the Fiction, and the Fear Driving the Greatest Scientific, Political, and Religious Debate of Our Time. New York: AMACOM, 2006. (e-book edition available)
  • Black, Laura. The Stem Cell Debate: The Ethics and Science behind the Research. Berkeley Heights, NJ:Enslow, 2006.
  • Cameron, Nigel M. de S., ed. Embryos and Ethics: The Warnock Report in Debate. Edinburgh: Rutherford House, 1987.
  • Cohen, Cynthia B. Renewing the Stuff of Life: Stem Cells, Ethics, and Public Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • DeGette, Diana. Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason. Guilford, CT: Lyons, 2008.
  • Gottweis, Herber and Brian Salter. The Global Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Science. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Green, Ronald M. The Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. (e-book edition available)
  • Haerens, Margaret. Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2009.
  • Herold, Eve, and George Daley. Stem Cell Wars: Inside Stories from the Frontlines. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Holland, Suzanne, Karen Lebacqz, and Laurie Zoloth, eds. The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001. (e-book edition available)
  • Peters, Ted. The Stem Cell Debate. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007.
  • Prentice, David A. Stem Cells and Cloning. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings, 2008.


Additional Key Reports on Stem Cell Research

  • Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Applications of Stem Cell Research, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine. Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies, 2002. (Available at
  • National Academies. Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) and Board on Life Sciences (BLS). Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning. Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy; National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academy, 2002. (Available at



  • Juengst, Eric, and Michael Fossel. “The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cells: Now and Forever, Cells Without End.” JAMA 284 (2000): 3180-3184.
  • Robertson, John A. “Science and Society: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Ethical and Legal Issues.” Nature Reviews Genetics 2 (2002): 74-78.
  • Wertz, Dorothy C. “Embryo and Stem Cell Research in the USA: A Political History.” Trends in Molecular Medicine 8 (2002): 143-146.


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