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The stem cell debate continues: the buying and selling of eggs for research.
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PMID:  18055905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Now that stem cell scientists are clamouring for human eggs for cloning-based stem cell research, there is vigorous debate about the ethics of paying women for their eggs. Generally speaking, some claim that women should be paid a fair wage for their reproductive labour or tissues, while others argue against the further commodification of reproductive labour or tissues and worry about voluntariness among potential egg providers. Siding mainly with those who believe that women should be financially compensated for providing eggs for research, the new stem cell guidelines of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) legitimise both reimbursement of direct expenses and financial compensation for many women who supply eggs for research. In this paper, the authors do not attempt to resolve the thorny issue of whether payment for eggs used in human embryonic stem cell research is ethically legitimate. Rather, they want to show specifically that the ISSCR recommended payment practices are deeply flawed and, more generally, that all payment schemes that aim to avoid undue inducement of women risk the global exploitation of economically disadvantaged women.
F Baylis; C McLeod
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical ethics     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0306-6800     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Ethics     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-06     Completed Date:  2008-05-06     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513619     Medline TA:  J Med Ethics     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  726-31     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Embryonic Stem Cells*
Oocyte Donation* / economics,  ethics
Tissue Donors / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence
Tissue and Organ Procurement* / economics,  ethics,  legislation & jurisprudence

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