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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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Creating Good from Immoral Acts

Creating Good from Immoral Acts

(p.33) Dialogue 6 Creating Good from Immoral Acts
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin and German scientist Gordon Baum discuss the politics and ethics of stem cells. Franklin is interested in how German scientists view their responsibility to the law and ethical norms while they investigate the medical benefits of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). She wants to understand why Germany does not permit scientists to destroy embryos in order to derive stem cells. Here she and Baum discuss the sharp legal and moral divisions over the use of hESCs; Germany's history of eugenics; the ethical dimensions of destroying human embryos; whether it is immoral for one country to use imported hESCs that have been acquired from destroyed embryos in another country; and whether it is ethically justifiable for scientists to use hESCs from a black market source for research designed to find the cause of and treatment for diseases.

Keywords:   politics, ethics, stem cells, human embryonic stem cells, Germany, eugenics, human embryos, scientists, stem cell research, diseases

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