Therapeutic Cloning, Respect for Human Embryo, and Symbolic Value
The field of regenerative medicine is fraught with moral controversy. This paper explores only one cluster of the disputes it provokes: the ethics of therapeutic cloning in the context of human embryonic stem (ES) cells research, that is, the ethics of the application of the technology of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to produce human embryonic stem (ES) cells for research or therapy.1 The technique involves creating human embryos, which can serve as sources of human ES cells. In the process of deriving the human ES cells, the cloned human embryo, that is, the enucleated human egg transplanted with a somatic cell nucleus, will be destroyed at the blastocyst stage.
KeywordsMoral Status Human Embryo Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Dead Body Therapeutic Cloning
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