Embryonic Stem Cells and Therapeutic Cloning
This chapter provides a concise overview of what embryonic stem cells are. It lists alternative sources of stem cells, and weigh their respective merits. Ethical concerns relating to embryonic stem cell research are analysed, including arguments related to personhood and potential. The fact that embryonic stem cell research creates a new demand for eggs, and the impact of this on women is discussed. Claims related to the therapeutic potential of stem cell research are considered, and different approaches to the regulation of stem cell research in the UK, Germany, Italy, and the US are evaluated.
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