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Experiments in DemocracyHuman Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics$
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179546

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.001.0001

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Cloning, Knowledge, and the Politics of Consensus

Cloning, Knowledge, and the Politics of Consensus

(p.133) 4 Cloning, Knowledge, and the Politics of Consensus
Experiments in Democracy

J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Columbia University Press

Chapter 4 explores the period from the mid 1990s until the end of the Clinton administration in 2001 during which two scientific developments, mammalian cloning and the successful culturing of human embryonic stem cells, dramatically altered public debate. The chapter examines the heated political debates in Congress how the federal government should regulate human cloning. It examines the deliberations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, which advanced a new approach to standing in for the public by soliciting religious views and translating them into secular terms.

Keywords:   Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, National Bioethics Advisory Commission, law lag, Clinton Administration

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