Is this Cell a Human Being? : Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids / edited by Antoine Suarez, Joachim Huarte.
Contributor(s): Huarte, Joachim [editor.] | SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: TextSeries: Springer.Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011Description: X, 209p. 7 illus., 1 illus. in color. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783642207723.Subject(s): Medicine | Human genetics | medicine -- Philosophy | Medical ethics | Stem cells | Embryology | Public health lawsAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 611.01816 | 599.935 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Introduction -- Breakthrough in stem cell research? The reprogramming of somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells. Overview and outlook -- Pre-implantation stages of human development: the biological and moral status of early embryos -- Complete moles and parthenotes are not organisms -- Embryos grown in culture deserve the same moral status as embryos after implantation -- Distinguishing embryos from non-embryos -- Is the human embryo a person? On the status of cell entities produced through ANT -- Does a human being have a right to life? The debate on embryo research in Germany as a case study -- Interspecies mixtures and the status of humanity -- The boundaries of humanity: the ethics of human-animal chimeras in cloning and stem cell research -- Is this cell entity a human being? Neural activity, spiritual soul, and the status of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). .
The central question of this book is whether or not particular cell entities of human origin ought to be considered human beings. The answer is crucial for making moral decisions for or against research and experimentation. Experts in the field discuss the production of embryonic-like pluripotent stem cells by altered nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis and reprogramming of adult somatic cells. They thoroughly analyse the biological and moral status of different cell entities, such as human stem cells, embryos and human-animal hybrid embryos, and make a decisive step towards establishing final criteria for what constitutes a human being. The topic is challenging in nature and of broad interest to all those concerned with current bioethical thought on embryonic human life and its implications for society.