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Handbook of Bioethics and Religion$
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David E. Guinn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178734.001.0001

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“On One Path or the Other”

“On One Path or the Other”

Cloning, Religion, and the Making of U.S. Biopolicy

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(p.305) 14 “On One Path or the Other”
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Handbook of Bioethics and Religion
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Nigel M. de S. Cameron

, David E. Guinn
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178734.003.0015

The series of policy positions of the US administration in the opening years of the “biotech century” in respect to cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the patenting of human embryos offers a case study in the development of public policy that, though it has been developed in the context of secular argument, reflects distinctive concerns of Christian theology. Through several events (including the development of mammalian cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer, the pursuit by Bill Clinton's administration of a workaround for congressional bans on embryo research, the UN Franco-German cloning initiative, and concerns over intellectual property claims on human nature), the Bush administration has confronted a series of policy decisions affecting the ethical-legal framework for biotechnology. Though there has been little explicitly Christian reflection within the bioethics community, Christians together with other thinkers have recognized that these questions could determine the scope and course of developments in biotechnology.

Keywords:   Christianity, bioethics, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, human embryo

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