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The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Katrien Devolder


For those who accord a significant moral status to the embryo, embryonic stem cell research raises a problem: either one supports it and accepts resulting embryo destruction, or one rejects it, and accepts that its expected benefits will be foregone. This is a problem as each option involves a significant moral cost. This book investigates the two main types of response to this problem. The first type of response is to defend a middle-ground position, which accepts only types or aspects of embryonic stem cell research deemed compatible with the view that the embryo has a significant moral stat ... More

Keywords: moral status, embryo, middle ground, technical solution, in vitro fertilization, compromise, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katrien Devolder, author
Ghent University

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