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Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics

J. Benjamin Hurlbut


Human embryo research touches upon strongly felt moral convictions, and it raises such deep questions about the promise and perils of scientific progress that debate over its development has become a moral and political imperative. From in vitro fertilization to embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and gene editing, Americans have repeatedly struggled with how to define the moral status of the human embryo, whether to limit its experimental uses, and how to contend with sharply divided public moral perspectives on governing science. Experiments in Democracy presents a history of American deb ... More

Keywords: Human Embryo Research, in vitro fertilization, Science and Democracy, Bioethics, stem cell research, cloning, political theory, biotechnology, biology, science and religion, science policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231179546
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Benjamin Hurlbut, author
Arizona State University