Therapeutic Cloning, Respect for Human Embryo, and Symbolic Value

Jonathan K L Chan*

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The field of regenerative medicine is fraught with moral controversy. This paper explores only one cluster of the disputes it provokes: the ethics of therapeutic cloning in the context of human embryonic stem (ES) cells research, that is, the ethics of the application of the technology of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to produce human embryonic stem (ES) cells for research or therapy.1 The technique involves creating human embryos, which can serve as sources of human ES cells. In the process of deriving the human ES cells, the cloned human embryo, that is, the enucleated human egg transplanted with a somatic cell nucleus, will be destroyed at the blastocyst stage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bioethics of Regenerative Medicine
EditorsKing-Tak Ip
PublisherSpringer, Dordrecht
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781402089671
ISBN (Print)9781402089664, 9789048180387
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NamePhilosophy and Medicine
ISSN (Print)0376-7418
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0080

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Dead Body
  • Human Embryo
  • Moral Status
  • Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer
  • Therapeutic Cloning


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