Stem Cell Research: The Ethical Issues / Edition 1

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In this timely collection, some of the world's leading ethicists grapple with the variety of issues posed by human embryonic stem cell research.

  • Investigates the moral status of the embryo including the creation of chimeras and paying for gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos for research purposes
  • Provides a thorough evaluation of the ethics and politics of regulating hESC research, and the privacy, confidentiality, and informed consent in the conduct of research and clinical investigations
  • Essential reading for scientists, philosophers, policy makers, and all who are interested in the ethical conduct of science
  • Contributors include David DeGrazia, Lori Gruen, Elizabeth Harman, John Harris, Jeff McMahan, Don Marquis and Peter Singer
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Editorial Reviews

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"Recommended reading for all who have their doubts … .Thebook works impressively and convincingly through the variousarguments related to stem cell research." (EthicalPerspectives, Autumn 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405160629
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/5/2007
  • Series: Metaphilosophy Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,368,363
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Gruen is associate professor of philosophy at WesleyanUniversity, where she also chairs the Feminist, Gender, andSexuality Studies Program and directs the Ethics in SocietyProject. She has published widely on topics in practical ethics,including animal ethics and mind, feminist ethics and politics, andphilosophy of law. She is currently engaged in ongoingcollaborations with Laura Grabel addressing biologicalethics.

Laura Grabel is Fisk Professor of Natural Sciences andprofessor of biology at Wesleyan University. She has worked withembryonic stem cells for more than twenty years, and her currentprojects include identifying signals that promote thedifferentiation of embryonic stem cells and examining conditionsthat support successful transplantation of these cells in mousemodels of human disease. She is an advocate for stem cell researchand collaborates with Lori Gruen on topics in biologicalethics.

Peter Singer is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor ofBioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor in theCentre for Applied Ethics and Public Policy at the University ofMelbourne. He has taught at the University of Oxford, New YorkUniversity, La Trobe University, and Monash University. His booksinclude Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, TheReproduction Revolution, Rethinking Life and Death, and,most recently, The Way We Eat.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

1. Introduction: Laura Grabel and Lori Gruen.

2. The Ambiguity of the Embryo: Ethical Inconsistency in theHuman Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Katrien Devolder and JohnHarri.

3. Killing Embryos for Stem Cell Research: Jeff McMahan.

4. The Moral-Principle Objection to Human Embryonic Stem CellResearch: Don Marquis.

5. How is the Ethics of Stem Cell Research Different from theEthics of Abortion?: Elizabeth Harman.

6. Respecting Human Embryos within Stem Cell Research: SeekingHarmony: Bertha Alvarez Manninen.

7. Rescuing Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: The Possibilityof Embryo Reconstitution after Stem Cell Derivation: KatrienDevolder and Christopher M. Ward.

8. The Moral Status of Stem Cells: Agata Sagan and PeterSinger.

9. Oocytes for Sale?: Lori Gruen.

10. Human-Animal Chimeras: Human Dignity, Moral Status, andSpecies Prejudice: David Degrazia.

11. Why No Compromise is Possible: TorbjörnTännsjö.


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