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The ethics of ex utero research on spare 'non-viable' IVF human embryos.
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PMID:  11649274     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this paper, the focus is not on some particular developmental feature of the human embryo, but rather on the embryo's potential for development tout court. To this end, the moral relevance of the difference between human embryos that have the potential for continued human growth and development and human embryos that do not have this potential is explored and a distinction between viable and non-viable IVF human embryos is introduced. This is followed by a discussion of what is morally wrong with killing to show that none of the concerns associated with the act of killing apply to the destruction of non-viable IVF human embryos. On this basis, it is argued that scientifically and ethically sound research on spare non-viable IVF human embryos may proceed.
Françoise E Baylis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioethics     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0269-9702     ISO Abbreviation:  Bioethics     Publication Date:  1990 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-01-28     Completed Date:  1991-01-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704792     Medline TA:  Bioethics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-29     Citation Subset:  E    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Eugenic
Beginning of Human Life*
Biomedical Technology
Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities
Embryo Research*
Embryo, Mammalian*
Embryonic and Fetal Development*
Ethical Analysis*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Fertilization in Vitro*
Fetal Viability*
Infant, Newborn
Risk Assessment
Value of Life
Wedge Argument
Wounds and Injuries

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