The Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy

The Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy

by Ronald M. Green
     
 

Research on the early human embryo has long been recognized as essential to progress in a host of biomedical areas from reproductive medicine to the treatment of pediatric cancers. Now, with the possibility of stem cell research and cell replacement therapies, embryo research holds out the promise of cures for many serious disease conditions such as diabetes and

Overview

Research on the early human embryo has long been recognized as essential to progress in a host of biomedical areas from reproductive medicine to the treatment of pediatric cancers. Now, with the possibility of stem cell research and cell replacement therapies, embryo research holds out the promise of cures for many serious disease conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Despite its importance, however, human embryo research has met powerful opposition. Drawing on his experience as a member of the NIH's Human Embryo Research Panel, Green offers a first-hand account of the embryo research debates. In telling this story, he periodically pauses to reflect on some of the leading philosophical challenges posed by embryo research and new interventions at the start of life. Among the questions he examines are: What is the impact of new biological information on our thinking about life's beginning? May parents risk injuring a child in order to have it? What role should religion play in shaping biomedical policy in a controversial area like this? This is a fascinating insider's account of one of the most important, if unsuccessful, recent efforts to come to terms with a controversial area of scientific research.

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"...it's important to grapple with this book in the debate about human life's beginning and its value." - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

"Serious readers of science, philosophy, law and government who are interested in medical research cannot fail to enjoy The Human Embryo Research Debates. It should be required reading for students across these disciplines, not to mention for those on the right of so-called 'abortion politics'- if they care about the arguments, that is."—Nature December 2001

"...an absorbing account and an invaluable resource."—JAMA April 2002

"Serious readers of science, philosophy, law and government who are interested in medical research cannot fail to enjoy The Human Embryo Research Debates. It should be required reading for students across these disciplines, not to mention for those on the right of so-called 'abortion politics'- if they care about the arguments, that is."—Nature December 2001

"...an absorbing account and an invaluable resource."—JAMA April 2002

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195109474
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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