Using and Misusing Embryos: The Ethical Debates
Many areas of biomedicine have become the subject of intense debate and moral soul-searching in the last few decades, and there are a number of issues of practical policy where the moral map seems unclear and opinion is divided. Some of these have emerged in the last few years, and more are on the horizon. In particular, discoveries in the biomedical sciences, especially genetics, are increasingly presenting us with questions at themargins of life. On the one hand, there is the unprecedented controlwe already have over human life at the embryonic stage and the decisionswe must make about how to handle that control; on the other, issues of lifespan, aging and deterioration, our attitude to death and dying, and the use we now find that the living can make of the dead—from organ transplants to transplants of hand and face.
KeywordsPreimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Therapeutic Cloning Reproductive Purpose Nuffield Council Hastings Center Report
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