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Therapeutic and Reproductive Cloning: A Critique

Bowring, Finn 2004. Therapeutic and Reproductive Cloning: A Critique. Social Science & Medicine 58 (2) , pp. 401-409. 10.1016/S0277-9536(03)00206-5

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Abstract

This article is a critical examination of the science and ethics of human cloning. It summarises the key scientific milestones in the development of nuclear transplantation, explains the importance of cloning to research into the medical potential of embryonic stem cells, and discusses the well-worn distinction between ‘therapeutic’ and ‘reproductive’ cloning. Suggesting that this distinction will be impossible to police, it goes on to consider the ethics of full human cloning. It is concluded that it represents an unacceptable form of parental despotism, and that the genetic engineering and cloning of future human beings will fracture the foundations of modern humanism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cloning; Genetics; Ethics; Sex selection
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0277-9536
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3225

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