Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research / Edition 1

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Hailed as revolutionary, the prospect of human cloning is actually the next logical step in a series of developments in reproductive technol ogy that began with the first test-tube baby in 1978. This book addres ses the debates over cloning in the context of new reproductive techno logy and human embryo research. It examines the status of preimplantat ion embryos, the ethical issues related to cloning and embryo research , and the formulation of public policy.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195128581
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
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
Notes 222
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
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    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.

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