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Main Title Is this Cell a Human Being? Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids / [electronic resource] :
Author Suarez, Antoine.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Huarte, Joachim.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2011
Call Number QH431
ISBN 9783642207723
Subjects Medicine ; Human genetics ; medicine--Philosophy ; Medical ethics ; Stem cells ; Embryology ; Public health laws
Internet Access
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Collation X, 209 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Breakthrough in stem cell research? The reprogramming of somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells. Overview and outlook -- Pre-implantation stages of human development: the biological and moral status of early embryos -- Complete moles and parthenotes are not organisms -- Embryos grown in culture deserve the same moral status as embryos after implantation -- Distinguishing embryos from non-embryos -- Is the human embryo a person? On the status of cell entities produced through ANT -- Does a human being have a right to life? The debate on embryo research in Germany as a case study -- Interspecies mixtures and the status of humanity -- The boundaries of humanity: the ethics of human-animal chimeras in cloning and stem cell research -- Is this cell entity a human being? Neural activity, spiritual soul, and the status of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). . The central question of this book is whether or not particular cell entities of human origin ought to be considered human beings. The answer is crucial for making moral decisions for or against research and experimentation. Experts in the field discuss the production of embryonic-like pluripotent stem cells by altered nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis and reprogramming of adult somatic cells. They thoroughly analyse the biological and moral status of different cell entities, such as human stem cells, embryos and human-animal hybrid embryos, and make a decisive step towards establishing final criteria for what constitutes a human being. The topic is challenging in nature and of broad interest to all those concerned with current bioethical thought on embryonic human life and its implications for society.