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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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The Ethics of Regenerative Medicine: Broadening the Scope beyond the Moral Status of Embryos

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The Future of Bioethics

Tamra Lysaght

Alastair V. Campbell

Oxford University Press

Regenerative medicine has gained prominence in the field of bioethics through the emergence of human embryonic stem cell research. This area of research has generated extensive public, political and bioethical debate, which has focused almost exclusively on two issues: the moral status of human embryos and the duty to care for the sick and vulnerable. This preoccupation, especially on the question of moral status, has not only dichotomised the debate around two fundamentally incommensurable positions, it has come at the cost of other important issues being largely ignored. In highlighting some of the bioethical and regulatory deficiencies of this impoverished approach, the authors draw on recent developments in the experimental use of autologous stem cell treatments to argue for a more inclusive approach to the ethics of regenerative medicine. The authors conclude with some reflections on the normative role of bioethics and its limitations in shaping public policy.

Keywords:   Regenerative medicine, stem cell research, stem cell therapy, stem cell transplantation, bioethics

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