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Embryo Research in Pluralistic Europe : Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment - Hans Lilie

Embryo Research in Pluralistic Europe

Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9783540203797
Number Of Pages: 436

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Recent advances in techniques and understanding in the fields of genetics, embryology and reproductive biology have opened up new ways to treat a wide range of medical problems. They range from new options for infertility treatment and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to stem-cell-based therapies for debilitating diseases. Since all these approaches involve the manipulation of human gametes, embryos or embryonic cells, and could also permit more contentious uses, they have stimulated a controversial debate as to what aims are desirable and to what extent experiments on human embryos are morally permissible, if permissible at all. The situation is further complicated by the fact that scientific projects are increasingly realized through international co-operation and that patients are increasingly ready to seek morally contentious medical treatment wherever it is available and thus to bypass national legislation. In view of this situation the Europaische Akademie assembled a temporary interdisciplinary project group in which scientists from universities and non-university research organizations in Europe working on the relevant subjects were brought together and charged with establishing a knowledge base and providing suggestions for long-term solutions that would be acceptable for society. Presented here are the results of this project, ranging from a discussion of the theoretical and practical possibilities in human-embryo experimentation and its alternatives in research on adult stem cells, a comparison of the situations and prospects of regulation of embryo research in Europe, a survey of European public attitudes, and a philosophical analysis of the arguments and argumentative strategies used in the debate.

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(Harald G. Kratochvila, in: Ethik in der Medizin, 2005, Vol. 17, Issue 3, S. 257 f.)

Introductionp. 1
Summaryp. 3
Zusammenfassungp. 15
Empfehlungenp. 29
Theoretical and Practical Possibilities in Human Embryo Experimentationp. 37
Adult and Embryonic Stem Cells: Clinical Perspectivesp. 77
The Regulation of Embryo Research in Europe: Situation and Prospectsp. 111
Attitudes toward Embryo Experimentation in Europep. 157
Toward a Rational Debate on Embryo Researchp. 205
Recommendationsp. 239
Glossaryp. 245
Appendicesp. 259
Referencesp. 399
List of Authorsp. 427
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ISBN: 9783540203797
ISBN-10: 3540203796
Series: Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.78