Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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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

Contributors
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

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    . 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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