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Michael Freeman and Andrew Lewis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.001.0001

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The Ethics of Human Cloning

The Ethics of Human Cloning

(p.177) The Ethics of Human Cloning
Law and Medicine

Bonnie Steinbock

Oxford University Press

Recent events in Britain and the United States have shown that human cloning, as well as cloning animals, raises important ethical questions. Human cloning requires us to think about the nature of a human embryo, the moral status of the human embryo, what is required by respect for human embryos, and whether the distinction between ‘spare’ embryos (that is, those left over from in vitro fertilization or IVF) and embryos deliberately created for research purposes has moral significance. This chapter discusses embryonic stem cell research, the moral status of the embryo, and morally permissible sources of stem cells.

Keywords:   bioethics, medical ethics, embryonic stem cell research, embryos, human cloning

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