Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Respect for Life
Meyer, John R.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 2000 Jun; 26(3): 166-170.
The purpose of this essay is to stimulate academic discussion about the ethical justification of using human primordial stem cells for tissue transplantation, cell replacement, and gene therapy. There are intriguing alternatives to using embryos obtained from elective abortions and in vitro fertilisation to reconstitute damaged or dysfunctional human organs. These include the expansion and transplantation of latent adult progenitor cells.
Aborted Fetuses; Abortion; Adults; Alternatives; Beginning of Life; Brain; Cells; Embryo Disposition; Embryo Research; Embryonic Stem Cells; Embryos; Ethics; Federal Government; Fetuses; Gene Therapy; Germ Cells; Government; Government Financing; In Vitro Fertilization; Life; Moral Obligations; Public Policy; Research; Risks and Benefits; Roman Catholic Ethics; Stem Cells; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation; Value of Life; Miscarriage;
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