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Embryo PoliticsEthics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies$
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Thomas Banchoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449574

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449574.001.0001

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The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

(p.120) Chapter 3 The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Embryo Politics

Thomas Banchoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter tracks the path of stem cell research that culminated in the isolation of human embryonic stem cells in 1998 and the prospect of therapeutic cloning. It then charts the rise of an ethic of healing in the field of bioethics, across religious communities, and among public intellectuals in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, setting out the main arguments that would be seized on by proresearch scientific, medical, biotechnology, and patient-advocacy organizations. A final section looks to the work of national ethics committees in articulating the major arguments and making recommendations that set the stage for new policy and political struggles into the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   embryo research, embryonic stem cells, stem cell research, human embryo, cloning, healing, bioethics, ethics committees

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