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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 research.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
|I||Moral Status of the Preimplantation Embryo|
|1||Respect for Human Embryos||21|
|2||Source of Resource? Human Embryo Research as an Ethical Issue||34|
|3||Creating Embryos for Research: On Weighing Symbolic Costs||50|
|4||Casuistry, Virtue, and the Slippery Slope: Major Problems with Producing Human Embryonic Life for Research Purposes||67|
|5||Every Cell is Sacred: Logical Consequences of the Argument from Potential in the Age of Cloning||82|
|II||Debates Surrounding Cloning and Embryo Research|
|6||Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of the Ethical Issues Pro and Con||93|
|7||Much Ado About Mutton: An Ethical Review of the Cloning Controversy||114|
|8||Born Again: Faith and Yearning in the Cloning Controversy||132|
|III||Public Policy Issues|
|9||Responsibility and Regulation: Reproductive Technologies, Cloning, and Embryo Research||145|
|10||Consensus, Ethics, and Politics in Cloning and Embryo Research||162|
|11||Morality, Religion, and Public Bioethics: Shifting the Paradigm for the Public Discussion of Embryo Research and Human Cloning||178|
|12||The Law Meets Reproductive Technology: The Prospect of Human Cloning||201|
|App. 1||Human Embryo Research Panel Report: Executive Summary||251|
|App. 2||National Bioethics Advisory Commission Report on Cloning: Executive Summary||264|
|App. 2a||National Bioethics Advisory Commission Report on Cloning - Excerpts from Chapter 2, The Science and Application of Cloning||269|
Posted April 8, 2005
. The focus of Cloning and the future of Human Embryo Research, edited by Paul Lauritzen is questioning ¿whether cloning ethical¿. This book is a collection of research-based essays by various authors who have credentials related to cloning. Lauritzen uses essays that come from a moral standpoint. Lauritzen suggests that ¿it is better to see Dolly¿s birth as an intermediate step- perhaps the penultimate step¿ (4). I believe that this means that there is more to come in research of cloning. I like the book because it pushes you to challenge the arguments. Although the book¿s biggest weakness is failure to recognize that the discussion on cloning should be part science and part morals. The book is well researched. . This knowledge will be helpful in my career in the future. After reading the book, the chapters provide excellent information, because they are well argued and suffiently open-ended enough to include both sides of the arguments.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.