Stem Cell Research and Cloning

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Stem Cell Research and Cloning delves into the issues surrounding one of the most controversial scientific practices of our day. Although many people believe that scientific research involving stem cells will advance medical knowledge, others argue that the use of embryonic stem cells for research objectifies or even destroys potential human life. A similarly controversial process, often called "therapeutic cloning," is another modern medical technique that has some of the same goals as stem cell research, but ...
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Overview

Stem Cell Research and Cloning delves into the issues surrounding one of the most controversial scientific practices of our day. Although many people believe that scientific research involving stem cells will advance medical knowledge, others argue that the use of embryonic stem cells for research objectifies or even destroys potential human life. A similarly controversial process, often called "therapeutic cloning," is another modern medical technique that has some of the same goals as stem cell research, but even more opposition to its practice. This book explores the legal and political ramifications of the debates about these processes, including federal funding for stem cell research, privately funded research, and the government's role in limiting scientific inquiry.

About the Author:
Alan Marzilli, M.A., J.D., is a program associate with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

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Foreword     6
Introduction: Miracle Cures or Moral Transgressions?     10
Point: Supporters Exaggerate the Benefits of Embryonic Stem Cell Research     18
Counterpoint: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Holds Great Promise     33
Point: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Immoral     48
Counterpoint: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Compatible with Contemporary Moral Standards     69
Point: Cloning for Any Purpose Is Immoral     88
Counterpoint: Using SCNT to Create Embryos for Stem Cell Research Is Morally Acceptable     104
Conclusion: The Future of Stem Cell Research     118
Notes     126
Resources     132
Elements of the Argument     135
Beginning Legal Research     136
Index     140
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