Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research

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Paul Lauritzen
Oxford University Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Medical - 291 pages
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The possibility that human beings may soon be cloned has generated enormous anxiety and fueled a vigorous debate about the ethics of contemporary science. Unfortunately, much of this debate about cloning has treated cloning as singular and revolutionary. The essays in Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research place debates about cloning in the context of reproductive technology and human embryo research. Although novel, cloning is really just the next step in a series of reproductive interventions that began with in vitro fertilization in 1978. Cloning, embryo research, and reproductive technology must therefore be discussed together in order to be understood. The authors of this volume bring these topics together by examining the status of preimplantation embryos, debates about cloning and embryo research, and the formulation of public policy. The book is distinctive in framing cloning as inextricably tied to embryo research and in offering both secular and religious perspectives on cloning and embryo research.
  

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Contents

Moral Status of the Preimplantation Embryo
12
Respect for Human Embryos
21
Source or Resource? Human Embryo Research as an Ethical Issue
34
On Weighing Symbolic Costs
50
Major Problems with Producing
67
Logical Consequences of the Argument from
82
and Con
93
An Ethical Review of the Cloning
114
Reproductive Technologies Cloning
145
Consensus Ethics and Politics in Cloning and Embryo Research
162
Shifting the Paradigm for
178
The Prospect of Human
201
Notes
222
Executive Summary
251
Appendix 2a National Bioethics Advisory Commission Report
269
Index
287

Faith and Yearning in the Cloning Controversy
132

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Paul Lauritzen is at John Carroll University.

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