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Regenerative Medicine after Humanism: Puzzles Regarding the use of Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ-Line Genetic Engineering, and the Immanent Pursuit of Human Flourishing

  • H. Tristram Engelhardt
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Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 102)

Abstract

This paper provides a geography ofmoral andmetaphysical controversy. It offers a map of cardinal cultural conflicts, an overview of the colliding understandings of reality that shape the bioethical debates nesting regenerative medicine, in particular those associated with interferences in early human embryonic life and with human germ-line genetic engineering. Regenerative medicine promises to ameliorate, if not cure, a wide range of human injuries, disabilities, and diseases. Human embryonic stem cells, including stemcells produced from human cloning, promise areas of important new research as well as avenues for breakthrough treatments.Human genetic engineering may also transform the responses of cells, making regeneration and repair more likely.

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Regenerative Medicine Human Embryonic Stem Cell Stem Cell Research Moral Sentiment Thought Style 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Tristram Engelhardt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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