Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues

Overview

Recent advances in medical research have shown that embryonic stem cells can be used to treat some of the most debilitating diseases, notably Parkinson's Disease, spinal injuries, and nerve-cell damage. Yet the troubling ethical downside of this promising technology is that up till now the main source of stem cells has been tissue taken from aborted fetuses. This practice has raised sharp criticisms from opponents of abortion who charge that science is attempting to capitalize on a procedure that to them is ...
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Overview

Recent advances in medical research have shown that embryonic stem cells can be used to treat some of the most debilitating diseases, notably Parkinson's Disease, spinal injuries, and nerve-cell damage. Yet the troubling ethical downside of this promising technology is that up till now the main source of stem cells has been tissue taken from aborted fetuses. This practice has raised sharp criticisms from opponents of abortion who charge that science is attempting to capitalize on a procedure that to them is abhorrent. Proponents of stem-cell research argue that scientists are making legitimate use of already-aborted fetuses and it is unfair to deprive those suffering from serious diseases and injuries of a potentially revolutionary therapy. The issue has become so important that in August 2001, President Bush addressed the nation on new developments in stem cell research and the ethical dilemmas this technology poses.Philosophers Michael Ruse and Christopher Pynes have compiled this excellent collection of articles that examine all aspects of this challenging new area of science. They explain the scientific research, explore the medical promise that it offers, and present the many sides of the ethical, religious, and policy debate. The contributors-scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers, theologians, historians, and policy analysts-offer a variety of perspectives, thus giving readers the critical tools needed to come to an informed individual decision. This important resource will be useful and accessible to educated readers with no prior knowledge of this contentious issue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613920308
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Michael Ruse (Tallahassee, FL) is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University and the author or editor of The Stem Cell Controversy; Cloning: Responsible Science or Technomadness?; Taking Darwin Seriously; Philosophy of Biology; and But Is It Science?, among many other works.

Christopher A. Pynes is an assistant professor of philosophy at Western Illinois University and the coeditor with Michael Ruse of the first edition of The Stem Cell Controversy.

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Table of Contents

1 Stem cells : a primer 27
2 The language really matters 37
3 Can old cells learn new tricks? 55
4 Adult stem cells - a positive perspective 61
5 "Parthenotes" expand the debate on stem cells 65
6 Paralyzed mouse walks again as scientists fight stem cell ban 73
7 60 Minutes II, holy grail 77
8 Human stem cell research and the potential for clinical application 83
9 Fetal neuron grafts pave the way for stem cell therapies 93
10 Promises of stem cells kept 99
11 The stem cell slide : be alert to the beginnings of evil 111
12 Research with human embryonic stem cells : ethical considerations 117
13 Ethics and policy in embryonic stem cell research 131
14 The ethics and politics of small sacrifices in stem cell research 161
15 The ethical case against stem cell research 169
16 Stem cell research : the failure of bioethics 187
17 Public stem cell banks : considerations of justice in stem cell research and therapy 199
18 Patients' voices : the powerful sound in the stem cell debate 227
19 The stem cell controversy 231
20 Stem cells and the Catholic Church 239
21 Testimony of Abdulaziz Sachedina 251
22 Human embryonic stem cell research : an intercultural perspective 259
23 A time for restraint 287
24 The politics and ethics of human embryo and stem cell research 291
25 The basics about stem cells 301
26 Locating convergence : ethics, public policy, and human stem cell research 311
27 Stem cells : public policy and ethics 329
28 Ethical consistency in embryonic stem cell research 343
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