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Beyond the 'embryo question':human embryonic stem cell ethics in the context of biomaterial donation in the UK

Bahadur, G and Morrison, M and Machin, L (2010) Beyond the 'embryo question':human embryonic stem cell ethics in the context of biomaterial donation in the UK. Reproductive biomedicine online, 21 (7). pp. 868-874. ISSN 1472-6491

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Abstract

Discussion about the ethics of human embryonic stem cell (ESC) research in the UK tends to be dominated by the divisive and potentially intractable issue of the moral status of the embryo. This can have the effect of silencing or marginalizing other concerns, especially in the context of public engagement with science in this field. One such area of potential public concern is the donation of oocytes and embryos to stem cell research. Contemporary research on the views of donors and potential donors about a wide range of biomaterials, from solid organs to gametes and bone marrow, is reviewed and used to illustrate the range and types of ethical concerns articulated by this important group of stakeholders. Attitudes to donation are found to vary according to the type of tissue being donated or collected, the purpose for which donation is being sought and the nature of the recipient of the donation. Pertinently, attitudes towards donating oocytes are found to differ in some respects from donation of embryos or fetal tissue. The implications of these findings for ensuring ethically robust informed consent and publicly acceptable sourcing of human biomaterials for stem cell research are then considered.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Reproductive biomedicine online
Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bioethical Issues ; Embryo, Mammalian ; Embryonic Stem Cells ; Female ; Government Regulation ; Great Britain ; Humans ; Living Donors ; Male ; Morals ; Motivation ; Oocyte Donation ; Public Policy ; Stem Cell Research ; Tissue and Organ Procurement ; Transplantation
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 50106
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2011 10:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50106

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