Most support UCC stem cell research - poll

  • Deborah Condon

Almost two in three people support University College Cork’s recent decision to allow embryonic stem cell research, according to the results of a new poll by

Stem cells are basic cells that can multiply and generate into specialised cells, tissues and even organs. This offers researchers great potential in seeking treatments for a wide range of illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.

Stem cell research generally centres on cells that have been derived from human embryos because unlike adult stem cells, these can develop into virtually any other cell made by the human body. However this type of research is highly controversial, as many people/groups, such as pro-life organisations, view it as the destruction of embryos and are therefore opposed to it.

Last month, UCC became the first third level institution in the country to effectively allow embryonic stem cell research, following a vote by its governing body.

We asked our registered readers whether they supported this decision. Of those who replied, 63% said yes, they did.

One in four – 25% - said they did not support the decision, while 12% were unsure on the issue.

See the full poll results and debate on the issue at…

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