Frequently Asked Questions - General Appendix Questions

Explain how the lines were derived. Examples could include: by SCNT, by destruction of embryos at a fertility clinic, or by inducing pluripotency of a specific type of somatic cell (name the type of cell).

ESCRO is charged with maintaining a database of information regarding the origin, function, and handling of hESCs at the University of Washington.  Please provide the basis for the selection of donors (inclusion and exclusion criteria) and rationale for conducting research with particular genotypes.  Such justification helps ensure that vulnerable populations are not enlisted for research without scientific justification and without the promise that these populations will benefit from research in the future. Please comment on how you anticipate donor populations might someday benefit from the research, if applicable.