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Medical Biotechnologies: Are There Effective Ethical Arguments for Policy Making?

  • Ruiping FanEmail author
  • Erika Yu
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 102)

Abstract

The intensity of moral controversy over the development of groundbreaking medical biotechnologies can hardly be overstated.1 Studies conducted by scientists in genetics, cloning, and stem-cell research have often become the news headlines that are not only exciting but also disquieting. On the one hand, by gaining new knowledge and technologies in areas such as genetic engineering or stem-cell therapy, biomedical scientists hold a great hope that a number of debilitating but currently incurable conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal-cord injury, and diabetes, can in time be prevented or cured. If the technologies mature and expand, a healthier-thanever population can be expected.

Keywords

Assisted Reproductive Technology Ethical Argument Child Relation Moral Experience Human Cloning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public and Social AdministrationCity University of Hong KongHong KongPRC
  2. 2.formerly with the Governance in Asia Research Centre (GARC)City University of Hong KongKowloonChina

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