Embryonic stem cell research has important medical value and is widely used in fields of gene therapy, tissue engineering and pharmacy, these research achievements can provide a new hope for treatment of diseases, however, causes many ethical and psychological issues.OBJECTIVE:
To summarize the ethical and psychological issues in current studies regarding the embryonic stem cells.METHODS:
A computer-based retrieval was performed in PubMed database, VIP database and Wanfang database from January 2001 to December 2010, for documents regarding the ethical and psychological issues in stem cell researches. The key words were “embryonic stem cells, morality, psychological” in English, and “embryonic stem cells, ethics, psychology” in Chinese. Totally 122 papers were screened out and 33 of them were ultimately included in the analysis.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:
The ethical issues of embryonic stem cell researches include the source of stem cells, stem cell cloning, stem cells and life, the existing problems of stem cell research and the related ethical specifications. The psychological issues of stem cell research mainly focus on the understanding of stem cell research, especially cloning technology. A number of researches are involved in the psychological changes of patients after hematopoietic stem cells transplantation. We have made a breakthrough in field of embryonic stem cell research, thus bring a revolutionary impact on the medical and health issues.