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

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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 ...
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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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195109474
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Into the Vortex 1
2 Determining Moral Status 25
3 Drafting a Report 55
4 The Issue of Research Embryos 71
5 Politics Intrudes 89
6 The Cloning Controversy 107
7 The Stem Cell Debate 133
Conclusion 165
Afterword 177
Notes 179
Bibliography 201
App. A Stage of Embryonic Development 217
App. B National Institutes of Health Human Embryo Research Panel: Categories of Research 219
Index 223
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