The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues / Edition 2

The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues / Edition 2

by Michael Ruse
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591024048

ISBN-13: 9781591024040

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Stem cell research is headline news. Researchers are eager to move forward, state governments and private foundations are rushing to support it, and the sick and afflicted are desperate for its benefits. Yet powerful forces in our society — led by President George W. Bush — find it morally troubling and they are doing all in their powers to restrict its

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Overview

Stem cell research is headline news. Researchers are eager to move forward, state governments and private foundations are rushing to support it, and the sick and afflicted are desperate for its benefits. Yet powerful forces in our society — led by President George W. Bush — find it morally troubling and they are doing all in their powers to restrict its development beyond a very limited scale.
Stem cells, which have the remarkable potential to develop into different parts of the body, are actually harvested from aborted fetal tissue or newly fertilized cells. Proponents of stem cell research argue that scientists are making legitimate use of already aborted fetuses and it is unfair to deprive those who are suffering the benefits of a potentially revolutionary therapy. Yet this practice has raised sharp criticisms from the Religious Right, who charge that science is capitalizing on an abhorrent procedure.
Given the medical potential for treatment of incurable diseases by stem cell research, as well as the moral dilemmas this technology poses, should such research be permitted? What moral, religious, or political objections might be raised?
Philosophers Michael Ruse and Christopher A. Pynes have compiled this valuable, up-to-date, and newly revised collection of articles by noted experts to address all aspects of the stem cell controversy. The contributors — scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers, theologians, historians, and policy analysts — offer a variety of perspectives to give readers the critical tools they need to shape an informed position on the topic. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the science of stem cell research, its medical cures and promises, and the moral, religious, and policy concerns surrounding this controversial social issue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591024040
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Contemporary Issues (Prometheus) Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
537,439
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

1Stem cells : a primer27
2The language really matters37
3Can old cells learn new tricks?55
4Adult stem cells - a positive perspective61
5"Parthenotes" expand the debate on stem cells65
6Paralyzed mouse walks again as scientists fight stem cell ban73
760 Minutes II, holy grail77
8Human stem cell research and the potential for clinical application83
9Fetal neuron grafts pave the way for stem cell therapies93
10Promises of stem cells kept99
11The stem cell slide : be alert to the beginnings of evil111
12Research with human embryonic stem cells : ethical considerations117
13Ethics and policy in embryonic stem cell research131
14The ethics and politics of small sacrifices in stem cell research161
15The ethical case against stem cell research169
16Stem cell research : the failure of bioethics187
17Public stem cell banks : considerations of justice in stem cell research and therapy199
18Patients' voices : the powerful sound in the stem cell debate227
19The stem cell controversy231
20Stem cells and the Catholic Church239
21Testimony of Abdulaziz Sachedina251
22Human embryonic stem cell research : an intercultural perspective259
23A time for restraint287
24The politics and ethics of human embryo and stem cell research291
25The basics about stem cells301
26Locating convergence : ethics, public policy, and human stem cell research311
27Stem cells : public policy and ethics329
28Ethical consistency in embryonic stem cell research343

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