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Embryonic Stem Cells and Therapeutic Cloning

Ruth Deech and Anna Smajdor

in From IVF to Immortality

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219780
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191713002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219780.003.0009
Embryonic Stem Cells and Therapeutic Cloning

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This chapter provides a concise overview of what embryonic stem cells are. It lists alternative sources of stem cells, and weigh their respective merits. Ethical concerns relating to embryonic stem cell research are analysed, including arguments related to personhood and potential. The fact that embryonic stem cell research creates a new demand for eggs, and the impact of this on women is discussed. Claims related to the therapeutic potential of stem cell research are considered, and different approaches to the regulation of stem cell research in the UK, Germany, Italy, and the US are evaluated.

Keywords: stem cell research; pluripotential; HFEA

Chapter.  13465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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