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Is this Cell a Human Being?

Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids

Editors: Suarez, Antoine, Huarte, Joachim (Eds.)

  • Discusses which embryonic or stem cell entities may be human beings
  • Interdisciplinary and international in authorship, drawing together scientists, clinicians, philosophers and historians from throughout Europe and the USA
  • Chapters rigorously discussing altered nuclear transfer, parthenotes and  interspecies embryos
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The central question of this book is whether or not particular cell entities of human origin ought to be considered human beings. The answer is crucial for making moral decisions for or against research and experimentation. Experts in the field discuss the production of embryonic-like pluripotent stem cells by altered nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis and reprogramming of adult somatic cells. They thoroughly analyse the biological and moral status of different cell entities, such as human stem cells, embryos and human-animal hybrid embryos, and make a decisive step towards establishing final criteria for what constitutes a human being. The topic is challenging in nature and of broad interest to all those concerned with current bioethical thought on embryonic human life and its implications for society.

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From the reviews:

“This book begins with an accurate synopsis of stem cell research, embryological development, genetic modification, and the scientific perspectives on the definition of death. … The book also addresses ethical issues related to animal rights. Current primary references are provided with each chapter, and there is a glossary of philosophical and scientific terms used in the book at the end. … A useful acquisition for bioethics, public policy, and law collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic, professional, and general readers, all levels.” (B. R. Shmaefsky, Choice, Vol. 49 (5), January, 2012)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Huarte, Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research? The Reprogramming of Somatic Cells to Pluripotent Stem Cells: Overview and Outlook

    Greber, Boris (et al.)

    Pages 7-24

  • Preimplantation Stages of Human Development: The Biological and Moral Status of Early Embryos

    Condic, Maureen L.

    Pages 25-43

  • Complete Moles and Parthenotes Are Not Organisms

    Austriaco, Nicanor Pier Giorgio

    Pages 45-54

  • Embryos Grown in Culture Deserve the Same Moral Status as Embryos After Implantation

    Huarte, Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 55-75

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eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-20772-3
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-20771-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-44398-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Is this Cell a Human Being?
Book Subtitle
Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids
Editors
  • Antoine Suarez
  • Joachim Huarte
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-20772-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-20772-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-20771-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44398-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 209
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