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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology$
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Scott Gilbert and Clara Pinto-Correia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170949

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.001.0001

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Normal Development and the Beginning of Human Life

Normal Development and the Beginning of Human Life

Why Scientists Are Being Asked Theological Questions and Why Theologians Are Being Asked Scientific Questions

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(p.83) 5 Normal Development and the Beginning of Human Life
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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology
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Scott Gilbert

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.003.0005

This chapter looks at the beginnings of embryonic development, the function of embryonic stem cells. The development of the human embryo strikes both scientists and laypeople alike with awe and mystery. However, there is no consensus among scientists as to when the fetus becomes a “person.” This chapter will discuss these various stages of development and why different groups of scientists reason that they might be the basis for “personhood.”

Keywords:   Embryonic development, stem cells, pregnancy, twins, congenital anomalies, Personhood

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