Article written by Louise Aagaard and Jens Raabjerg Olesen
SUPERMAN Christopher Reeve broke his spine in a riding accident and never regained the use of his lower limbs. Until his death he was one of the advocators for research in stem cells for the treatment of various neurological diseases.
The past 20 years of stem cell research has raised hopes for new approaches to treatment of serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.
However, stem cell technology has also been subject to serious debate, where critics raise moral concerns based on religious or ethical grounds.