Human embryonic stem cells leap the barrier

Jeffrey J Flaherty
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01372.x
Published online: 15 October 2007

To the Editor: I read with interest the editorial by Penington and Mitchell1 in which they briefly discussed the recent legislative developments with regard to human embryonic stem cells. As a medical student, I delight at the complexity and passion that surround the stem cell debate.

  • Medical School, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.


  • 1. Penington DG, Mitchell GF. Human embryonic stem cells leap the barrier [editorial]. Med J Aust 2007; 187: 139-140. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Faunce TA. Will international human rights subsume medical ethics? Intersections in the UNESCO Universal Bioethics Declaration. J Med Ethics 2005; 31: 173-178.
  • 3. United Nations. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Adopted 16 Dec 1966, entered into force 23 Mar 1976. GA Res 2200A (XXI). UN GAOR Supp. (No. 16) 52. UN Doc. A/6316 (1966). UNTS 1966; 999: 17.
  • 4. United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted 10 Dec 1948. GA Res 217A (III). UN Doc. A/810 (1948) 71.


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