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Human embryonic stem cell research and the discarded embryo argument.
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PMID:  19267254     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many who believe that human embryos have moral status are convinced that their use in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research can be morally justified as long as they are discarded embryos left over from fertility treatments. This is one reason why this view about discarded embryos has played such a prominent role in the debate over publicly funding hESC research in the United States and other countries. Many believe that this view offers the best chance of a compromise between the different sides in this debate. This paper focuses on what seems to be the most plausible argument for this view about discarded embryos. It shows that this argument is unsound regardless of how one understands the claim that embryos have moral status. It also discusses the implications of this conclusion for attempts to use this argument as a basis for public policy.
Mark Moller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-03-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Theoretical medicine and bioethics     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1386-7415     ISO Abbreviation:  Theor Med Bioeth     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-03     Completed Date:  2009-07-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9805378     Medline TA:  Theor Med Bioeth     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  131-45     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Philosophy Department, Denison University, Granville, OH 43023, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Beginning of Human Life*
Embryo Disposition / ethics*
Embryo Research / ethics*
Embryonic Stem Cells*
Ethics, Research
Informed Consent
Moral Obligations*
Public Policy
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted* / ethics
Social Values
United States

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