The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy

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MIT Press, 2001 - 257 pàgines

Human embryonic stem cells can divide indefinitely and have the potential to develop into many types of tissue. Research on these cells is essential to one of the most intriguing medical frontiers, regenerative medicine. It also raises a host of difficult ethical issues and has sparked great public interest and controversy.

This book offers a foundation for thinking about the many issues involved in human embryonic stem cell research. It considers questions about the nature of human life, the limits of intervention into human cells and tissues, and the meaning of our corporeal existence. The fact that stem cells may be derived from living embryos that are destroyed in the process or from aborted fetuses ties the discussion of stem cell research to the ongoing debates on abortion. In addition to these issues, the essays in the book touch on broader questions such as who should approve controversial research and what constitutes human dignity, respect, and justice. The book contains contributions from the Ethics Advisory Board of the Geron Coroporation; excerpts from expert testimony given before the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, which helped shape recent National Institutes of Health policy; and original analytical essays on the implications of this research.

 

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Continguts

Human Embryonic Stem Cells A Primer on the Technology and Its Medical Applications
3
Human Embryonic Stem Cells
15
The Stem Cell Debate in Historical Context
27
Raising the Ethical Issues
35
On the Ethics and Politics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
37
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Comments on the NBAC Report
51
NBACs Arguments on Embryo Research Strengths and Weaknesses
61
Beyond the Embryo A Feminist Appraisal of the Embryonic Stem Cell Debate
73
Some Protestant Reflections
141
On the Elusive Nature of Respect
149
Ethical Issues A Secular Perspective
163
Public Discourse Oversight and the Role of Research in Society
175
From the Micro to the Macro
177
Expert Bioethics as Professional Discourse The Case of Stem Cells
185
Stem Cells Shaping the Future in Public Policy
197
Leaps and Boundaries Expanding Oversight of Human Stem Cell Research
209

Angles of Vision
87
Stem Cell ResearchA Jewish Perspective
89
The Ethics of the Eighth Day Jewish Bioethics and Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells
95
Roman Catholic Views on Research Involving Human Embryonic Stem Cells
113
Human Embryonic Stem Cells Possible Approaches from a Catholic Perspective
119
Embryonic Stem Cells and the Theology of Dignity
127
Jordans Banks A View From the First Years of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
223
Glossary
243
Contributors
247
Index
251
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Sobre l'autor (2001)

Karen Lebacqz is Gordon Sproul Professor of Theological Ethics at the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

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