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Human Embryos and Embryonic Stem Cells – Ethical Aspects

  • Monika Bobbert

Research using human embryos and embryonic stem cells is viewed as important for various reasons. Apart from questions concerning legal regulations, numerous ethical objections are raised pertaining to the use of surplus embryos from reproductive medicine as well as the creation of embryos and stem cells through cloning. The question of the moral status of human embryos is not the only relevant one. Also other aspects as a critical view on the model of contract law, including parent’s property rights on embryos, women’s well-being and certain changes of context – e.g. the transfer of embryos from reproduction to research – must be taken into consideration. Moreover, research with morally sensitive goods is often balanced with high research goals. Some criteria are given, which a severe evaluation of value and reachability of research must suffice.

Keywords

Human embryonic stem cells human embryos research goals stem cell research therapeutic cloning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monika Bobbert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for History of MedicineUniversity of HeidelbergGermany

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