This book provides high quality chapters each of which deals with different aspects of the stem cell debate, each chapter, in itself, giving an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of its own particular issue (ethical or legal). The scope of this book ranges across a number of different issues in the debate on stem cells, from the ethical challenges of conducting stem cell research to those of the clinical application of stem cell technology.
Fast-moving and ever-changing, stem cell science and research presents ongoing ethical and legal challenges in the UK as well as in many other countries. Each development and innovation throws up new ethical challenges. This is the case even where a new development, for example, induced pluripotent stem cells, initially seems to solve old dilemmas. Sometimes it becomes evident that new science does not in fact solve old problems and the ethical issues remain. In recognition of this, this book tackles these issues, old and new. The early chapters bring fresh new perspectives on the permissibility of using embryos in stem cell research, while the later chapters move on to actual and potential new clinical uses of stem cells and present novel arguments about this. The value of this approach is that readers can gain an understanding of the different issues in the stem cell debate from a number of ethical (and legal) perspectives, but in a manner which gives deep and rigorous analysis.
Includes innovative and creative analyses of a range of ethical and legal challenges raised by stem cell research and its clinical application
Will appeal to a diverse range of audiences concerned with how to address ethical, legal and policy issues regarding stem cells. It will be of particular interest to those who want to get a deeper and more nuanced understanding of some of the ethical and legal arguments since the chapters in this book present more than a mere overview of key issues
Seeks to combine a range of perspectives to dealing with the implications of a fast-moving stem cell science; in particular, bioethics and law. The ethical issues inherent in stem cell research are universal; as such, the book will appeal to readers (policy-makers, healthcare professionals, academics etc.) beyond the UK