Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research

Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research

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The possibility that human beings may soon be cloned has generated enormous anxiety and fueled a vigorous debate about the ethics of contemporary science. Unfortunately, much of this debate about cloning has treated cloning as singular and revolutionary. The essays in Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research place debates about cloning in the context of reproductive technology and human embryo research. Although novel, cloning is really just the next step in a series of reproductive interventions that began with in vitro fertilization in 1978. Cloning, embryo research, and reproductive technology must therefore be discussed together in order to be understood. The authors of this volume bring these topics together by examining the status of preimplantation embryos, debates about cloning and embryo research, and the formulation of public policy. The book is distinctive in framing cloning as inextricably tied to embryo research and in offering both secular and religious perspectives on cloning and embryo more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195128583
  • 9780195128581

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Respect for Human Embryos ; 2. Source or Resource ; 3. Creating Embryos for Research: On Weighing Symbolic Costs ; 4. Casuistry, Virtue, and the Slippery Slope: Major Problems with Producing Human Embryonic Life for Research Purposes ; 5. Every Cell is Sacred: Logical Consequences of the Arguement from the Potential in the Age of Cloning ; 6. Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of the Ethical Issues Pro and Con ; 7. Much Ado About Mutton: An Ethical Review of the Cloning Controversy ; 8. Born Again: Faith and Yearning in the Cloning Controversy ; 9. Responsibility and Regulation: Reproductive Technologies, Cloning, and Embryo Research ; 10. Consensus, Ethics, and Politics in Cloning and Embryo Research ; 11. Morality, Religion, and Public Bioethics: Shifting the Paradigm for the Public Discussion of Embryo Research and Human Cloning ; 12. The Law Meets Reproductive Technology: The Prospect of Human Cloning ; Appendix 1 Executive Summary, Human Embryo Research Panel Report ; Appendix 2 Executive Summary, National Bioethics Advisory Commission Report, Cloning Human beings ; Appendix 2a Excerpts, Chapter 2, National Bioethics Advisory Commission Report, Cloning Human Beingsshow more