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Embryo Experimentation

Embryo Experimentation

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J. D. McCaughey, Karen Dawson, Alan Trounson, Peter Singer, Helga Kuhse, Stephen Buckle, John Funder, Max Charlesworth, Pascal Kasimba, R. M. Hare, M. A. Warren, Elizabeth Gaze, Margaret Brumby, J. M. Swan
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  • Date Published: November 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521435888

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  • New developments in reproductive technology have made headlines since the birth of the world's first in vitro fertilization baby in 1978. But is embryo experimentation ethically acceptable? What is the moral status of the early human embryo? And how should a democratic society deal with so controversial an issue, where conflicting views are based on differing religious and philosophical positions? These controversial questions are the subject of this book, which, as a current compendium of ideas and arguments on the subject, makes an original contribution of major importance to this debate. Peter Singer is the author of many books, including Practical Ethics (CUP, 1979), Marx (Hill & Wang, 1980), and Should the Baby Live? (co-authored with Helga Kuhse, Oxford U.P., 1986).

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    " excellent blend of the ethical and legal conundrums raised by the topics, based upon the most current scientific knowledge and processes involved." Robert C. Cefalo, The Hastings Center Report

    "I hope anyone who is going to have to vote on legislation [related to embryo experimentation] in the near future will read all of this book, and consider it thoroughly. It is, both factually and in terms of values, the most clear, comprehensive and up-to-date consideration of embryo experimentation yet to appear, and written with great authority." Mary Warnock

    "...a useful introduction, particularly to the scientific and political/legal dimensions of embryo experimentation." Thomas G. Walsh, International Journal on the Unity of the Sciences

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521435888
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.789kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword J. D. McCaughey
    1. Introduction Karen Dawson
    Part I. The Scientific Issues: Introduction to this section Karen Dawson
    Why do embryo research? Alan Trounson
    Part II. The Moral Status of the Embryo The nature of ethical argument: an introduction Peter Singer and Helga Kuhse
    (i) Arguments about the status of different developmental stages Fertilization and moral status Karen Dawson
    Segmentation and moral status Karen Dawson
    When does a new individual begin, and what does it matter, morally? Helga Kuhse
    What makes a being morally significant? Peter Singer and Helga Kuhse
    (ii) Arguments about potential IVF Technology and the argument from potential Peter Singer and Helga Kuhse
    Arguing from potential Stephen Buckle
    Part III. Controlling Embryo Experimentation in a Democratic Society (i) Legislation or self-regulation
    The case for self-regulation John Funder
    Community control of IVF and embryo experimentation Max Charlesworth
    Self-regulation and embryo experimentation in Australia - a critique Pascal Kasimba
    (ii) Forming a public policy Public policy in a pluralist society R. M. Hare
    Is IVF research a threat to women's autonomy M. A. Warren
    IVF regulation: the search for a legal basis Pascal Kasimba
    How scientists view regulation: an interview with Drs Alan Trounson and Ismail Kola Karen Dawson
    (iii) Drawing lines. Biological processes and moral events Stephen Buckle
    The distinction between therapeutic and non-therapeutic experimentation Elizabeth Gaze and Karen Dawson
    The syngamy debate: when does an embryo begin? Stephen Buckle, Karen Dawson and Peter Singer
    Part IV. The First Legislation: An examination of Victoria's law
    The Waller committee and the origins of the Victorian legistation Elizabeth Gaze
    Experiments on embryos: permissions and prohibitions under the Infertility (Medical Procedures) Act, 1984 Pascal Kasimba
    Legislation and the problems of research Karen Dawson
    When is cloning lawful? Pascal Kasimba and Margaret Brumby
    An interview with Louis Waller Elizabeth Gaze
    Afterword J. M. Swan
    Glossary Karen Dawson
    Appendices: Infertility (Medical Procedures) Act, 1984 National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines on embryo experimentation A summary of law relating to embryo experimentation around the world Pascal Kasimba.

  • Editors

    Peter Singer, Monash University, Victoria

    Helga Kuhse, Monash University, Victoria

    Stephen Buckle, Monash University, Victoria

    Karen Dawson, Monash University, Victoria

    Pascal Kasimba, Monash University, Victoria


    J. D. McCaughey, Karen Dawson, Alan Trounson, Peter Singer, Helga Kuhse, Stephen Buckle, John Funder, Max Charlesworth, Pascal Kasimba, R. M. Hare, M. A. Warren, Elizabeth Gaze, Margaret Brumby, J. M. Swan

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