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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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Stem Cell and Cloning Politics

Stem Cell and Cloning Politics

(p.169) Chapter 4 Stem Cell and Cloning Politics
Embryo Politics

Thomas Banchoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses embryo politics in United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany that emerged from the twin cloning and embryonic stem cell breakthroughs of 1997–98. The promise of a new era of regenerative medicine reframed old debates about the moral status of the embryo and the importance of biomedical advances. It also captured the public imagination and with it the attention of their elected political leaders. On both sides of the Atlantic political battles erupted around how to remake, or at least adapt, the policy regimes forged in an earlier era. The rise of an ethic of healing intersected with electoral politics, interest group mobilization, and existing institutions to drive divergent policy outcomes.

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

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