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Is This Cell a Human Being? Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids

Edited by: Antoine Suarez, Joachim Huarte

ISBN13: 9783642207716
Published: August 2011
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Germany
Format: Hardback
Price: £103.50



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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.

Subjects:
Medical Law
Contents:
Chapter 1 Introduction Joachim Huarte and Antoine Suarez Chapter 2 Breakthrough in stem cell research? The reprogramming of somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells. Overview and outlook. Boris Greber and Hans Scholer Chapter 3 Pre-implantation stages of human development: the biological and moral status of early embryos Maureen Condic Chapter 4 Complete moles and parthenotes are not organisms Nicanor Austriaco Chapter 5 Embryos grown in culture deserve the same moral status as embryos after implantation. Joachim Huarte and Antoine Suarez Chapter 6 Distinguishing embryos from non-embryos Patrick Lee Chapter 7 Is the human embryo a person? On the status of cell entities produced through ANT Pablo Requena Chapter 8 Does a human being have a right to life? The debate on embryo research in Germany as a case study Manfred Spieker Chapter 9 Interspecies mixtures and the status of humanity. Neville Cobbe Chapter 10 The boundaries of humanity: the ethics of human-animal chimeras in cloning and stem cell research. William Hurlbut Chapter 11 Is this cell entity a human being? Neural activity, spiritual soul, and the status of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Antoine Suarez