Renewing the Stuff of Life

Renewing the Stuff of Life : Stem Cells, Ethics, and Public Policy

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Renewing the Stuff of Life offers the first truly comprehensive picture of the scientific, ethical, policy, social, religious, political, and business issues raied by stem cell research ever since it exploded onto the scene in 1998. It addresses such riveting questions as: should we use cloning and parthenogenesis to create embryos for stem cell research? Is it wrong to develop human-nonhuman chimeras that might house human brains in animal bodies? What social and political forces are driving federal and state stem cell research policies and why? Should stem cell lines be patented? Do we need a national ethics body to guide the development of this research? Cohen explains just what stem cells are, where they come from, and how they function, bringing in the most recent scientific discoveries in this challenging field. She then takes the reader through the leading secular and religious arguments regarding the compelling question of the moral significance of human embryos. In response, she offers a way to meet our responsibilities both to very early embryos and to those who are sick and suffering that takes account of basic values at the heart of our democratic policy. The much-maligned notion of human dignity receives new treatment here in an exploration of the moral import of creating human-nonhuman chimeras in stem cell research.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line illustrations
  • 0195305248
  • 9780195305241

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...informative and accessible to non-scientists and non-ethicists...notably, the readability of the book does not detract from its scholarly weight or the author's authority on the subject. * Doody's Notes *show more

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Introduction ; 1. What Are Stem Cells? How Do They Function? What Might They Do? ; 2. The Search for New Sources of Pluripotent Stem Cells ; 3. The Moral Significance of Early Human Embryos in Secular Thought ; 4. The Moral Significance of Early Human Embryos in Religious Thought ; 5. Creating Human-Nonhuman Chimeras in Stem Cell Research ; 6. International Stem Cell Research and Research Cloning: Three Contrasting Approaches ; 7. The Development of National Policy on Stem Cell Research in the United States ; 8. In Pursuit of National Review and Oversight of Stem Cell Researchshow more

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