Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics

Human embryo research touches upon strongly felt moral convictions, and it raises such deep questions about the promise and perils of scientific progress that debate over its development has become a moral and political imperative. From in vitro fertilization to embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and gene editing, Americans have repeatedly struggled with how to define the moral status of the human embryo, whether to limit its experimental uses, and how to contend with sharply divided public moral perspectives on governing science.

Experiments in Democracy presents a history of American debates over human embryo research from the late 1960s to the present, exploring their crucial role in shaping norms, practices, and institutions of deliberation governing the ethical challenges of modern bioscience. J. Benjamin Hurlbut details how scientists, bioethicists, policymakers, and other public figures have attempted to answer a question of great consequence: how should the public reason about aspects of science and technology that effect fundamental dimensions of human life? Through a study of one of the most significant science policy controversies in the history of the United States, Experiments in Democracy paints a portrait of the complex relationship between science and democracy, and of U.S. society’s evolving approaches to evaluating and governing science’s most challenging breakthroughs.

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Stem Cells and Cloning (2nd Edition)

Dr. Kelly A. Hogan of the University of North Carolina discusses the historical context and current application of stem cells, the recent discovery of new types of stem cells, the ethical controversy surrounding human cloning and embryonic stem cells, and the policies that govern scientists’ ability to work in this field. With a neutral presentation of political and religious views, this brief introduction provides readers a solid foundation to inform their own opinions of these controversial topics. Stem Cell Basics, Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs), Adult Stem Cells (ASCs), A Multi Pronged Approach to Curing Diseases, Cloning, Bioethics of Stem Cells and Cloning, Stem Cell and Cloning Policies, The Future, Resources, Questions for Further Discussion/Research. Intended for those interested in learning about stem cells and cloning.

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Human Embryonic Stem Cell Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)

The potential of human embryonic stem cells to advance not only regenerative medicine applications but also our fundamental understanding of stem cell biology continues to drive interest in research with these cells. This detailed volume collects some of the most interesting and useful protocols that have emerged in the area over the last several years. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and expert tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

Thorough and practical, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Protocols, Third Edition serves as a valuable resource to all those interested in exploring stem cell biology questions in a research setting.

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