Geneforum Interview with Insoo Hyun: Ethical thinking guides new South Korean World Stem Cell Hub

As the embryonic stem cell debate rages in the United States, the South Korean World Stem Cell Hub has deployed a more practical and less acrimonious approach for guiding advancements in this area of research. In an interview conducted by Geneforum, Korean-born Insoo Hyun, Ph.D., a bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University and co-chair of the South Korean World Stem Cell Hub Ethics Working Group, describes how a cooperative and open dialogue between the Hub and the South Korean government has allowed him, at the onset, to train researchers to think ethically about embryonic stem cell research. "If you don't think about the ethical issues, there will be a time when it will hinder your basic science research, like what's happening in the U.S," says Hyun in the interview. "You really need to be involved in the ethical discussion from the start." The interview with Marie Godfrey, writer of Geneforum's blog, Genetizen, tells about the innovative ways ethics, preclinical/in vitro science, and clinical studies are being integrated in South Korea. UPDATE: There are a number of news stories today about the announcement of the World Stem Cell Hub in South Korea. See articles in the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times (subscription required).
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