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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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Response to Commentaries

Response to Commentaries

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(p.399) 11.4 Response to Commentaries
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The Future of Bioethics
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Jonathan D. Moreno

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0052

Tomoko Sato’s suggestion is an heroic attempt to rescue the notion of species membership from the operations of modern biology by associating it with the idea of family membership. But the findings of evolutionary biology itself complicate matters. The comments of Satoshi Kodama and Kyoko Takashima demonstrate the usefulness of comparative bioethics. The author would add that the influence of conservative cultural views of the human embryo and its “inviolability”, even for medical science, is a distinct factor, in addition to the sharp delineation that they mention between human and non-human species.

Keywords:   Specis, chimera, embryo, fetus

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