The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

2015.08.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Katrien Devolder, The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Oxford University Press, 2015, 167pp., $49.50 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Katrien Devolder, The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Oxford University Press, 2015, 167pp., $49.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780199547999. Reviewed by John-Erik Stig Hansen, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen Bioethical debate on the beginning of human life and its moral value has become increasingly intense during the last fifty years. Abortion gave rise to serious and very basic questions concerning the moral status of embryos in the 1960s. In vitro fertilization, now a routine procedure, has led to multiple and diverse ethical conundrums concerning the early human embryo that involve technical issues as well as fundamental moral questions. The particular problem Katrien Devolder examines is whether we should support embryonic stem cell research even if it involves destruction of embryos or abstain from such research even if doing so prevents us from gaining the potential benefits of new medical treatments.. . .

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