Is Stem Cell Research Necessary? (In Controversy)

The Obama administration has repealed restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research, which has been characterized as both a miraculous development that could cure cancer and other diseases and as an immoral technology that threatens the very essence of what it means to be human. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Stem Cell Controversy? What Benefits Could Stem Cell Research Offer? Is Stem Cell Research Moral? Are There Effective Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cell Research? Should the Government Support Stem Cell Research?

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The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research (Issues in Biomedical Ethics)

Embryonic stem cell research holds unique promise for developing therapies for currently incurable diseases and conditions, and for important biomedical research. However, the process through which embryonic stem cells are obtained involves the destruction of early human embryos. Katrien Devolder focuses on the tension between the popular view that an embryo should never be deliberately harmed or destroyed, and the view that embryonic stem cell research, because of its enormous promise, must go forward. She provides an in-depth ethical analysis of the major philosophical and political attempts to resolve this tension. One such attempt involves the development of a middle ground position, which accepts only types or aspects of embryonic stem cell research deemed compatible with the view that the embryo has a significant moral status. An example is the position that it can be permissible to derive stem cells from embryos left over from in vitro fertilisation but not from embryos created for research. Others have advocated a technical solution. Several techniques have been proposed for deriving embryonic stem cells, or their functional equivalents, without harming embryos. An example is the induced pluripotent stem cell technique. Through highlighting inconsistencies in the arguments for these positions, Devolder argues that the central tension in the embryonic stem cell debate remains unresolved. This conclusion has important implications for the stem cell debate, as well as for policies inspired by this debate.

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What is the Controversy Over Stem Cell Research? (Sci-Hi: Science Issues)

This book explains what stem cells are, where they come from, and what doctors and scientists hope to be able to do with them. If they’re so useful, why is there so much controversy over their use? Are their any viable alternatives?

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