Embryos and Eagles: Symbolic Value in Research and Reproduction

Abstract
On both sides of the debate on the use of embryos in stem cell research, and in reproductive technologies more generally, rhetoric and symbolic images have been evoked to influence public opinion. Human embryos themselves are described as either “very small human beings” or “small clusters of cells.” The intentions behind the use of these phrases are clear. One description suggests that embryos are already members of our community and share with us a right to life or at least respectful treatment, whereas the other focuses on the differences between embryos and adult human beings with normal capacities, that is, their lack of sentience and of personal identity. The research on stem cells has been nicknamed “Frankenstein science” or presented as “research that could stop Parkinson disease.” Again, one description reminds us of scary science-fiction scenarios where the scientist is guilty of “playing God,” whereas the other description highlights the worth and potential benefits of the research outcomes
Keywords moral status  research ethics  embryos
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S0963180106060038
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 25,100
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Symbolism and Sacredness of Human Parthenotes.Zubin Master & G. K. D. Crozier - 2011 - American Journal of Bioethics 11 (3):37-39.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Stem Cell Research, Personhood and Sentience.Lisa Bortolotti & John Harris - 2005 - Reproductive Biomedicine Online 10:68-75.
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Discarded Embryo Argument.Mark Moller - 2009 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (2):131-145.
The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.Howard J. Curzer - 2004 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (5):533 – 562.
Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and Waste.David A. Jensen - 2008 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (1):27-41.
Saving Seven Embryos or Saving One Child? Michael Sandel on the Moral Status of Human Embryos.Gregor Damschen & Dieter Schönecker - 2007 - Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (Ethics and the Life Sciences):239-245.
Killing Embryos for Stem Cell Research.Jeff Mcmahan - 2007 - Metaphilosophy 38 (2-3):170–189.
Saving Seven Embryos or Saving One Child?Gregor Damschen & Dieter Schönecker - 2007 - Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (Supplement):239-245.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-08-24

Total downloads

44 ( #111,892 of 2,132,880 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

14 ( #53,262 of 2,132,880 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums