The Case of Eric, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and Stem Cell Research

TitleThe Case of Eric, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and Stem Cell Research
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsMcCain, ER
Corporate AuthorsMuhlenberg College, Biology Department,
Date Published01/2005
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsamyotrophic , BIOETHICS , BIOLOGY , EMBRYONIC , George , Human Research Subjects , Informed Consent , Lou , MEDICINE , neuromuscular , pluripotent , primordial , STEM , Stem Cell Research
AbstractThirty-one-year-old Eric has begun to show signs of the debilitating and fatal neuromuscular disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Students follow Eric as he is examined by his physician and then a specialist, undergoes a series of tests, and eventually is given the devastating prognosis. He is also given the news that a group of prominent scientists has begun human trials with embryonic stem cell therapy, which may offer a possible cure for his condition, and that he can participate in the experiment if he wishes. Students research and then prepare oral presentations on the perspectives of a variety of experts Eric might wish to consult as he weighs the science and ethics of his decision.
NotesCase from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/
URLhttp://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=278&id=278
Audience LevelUndergraduate
Abbreviated Case NameThe Case of Eric, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and Stem Cell Research
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