Chapter 12. The Ethical Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Research and Therapy

  1. Justine Burley and
  2. John Harris
  1. John Harris

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch12

A Companion to Genethics

A Companion to Genethics

How to Cite

Harris, J. (2004) The Ethical Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Research and Therapy, in A Companion to Genethics (eds J. Burley and J. Harris), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206989

Online ISBN: 9780470756423



  • embryonic stem;
  • polymers;
  • neurodegenerative disorders;
  • transplant;
  • ovarian tissue


The prelims comprise:

  • Why Embryonic Stem Cells?

  • Stem Cells for Organ and Tissue Transplant

  • Immortality

  • A Guarded Welcome for Stem Cell Research

  • The Precautionary Principle

  • The Ethics of ES Cell Research

  • Stem Cells from Early Embryos

  • The Moral Status of the Embryo

  • Lessons from Sexual Reproduction

  • Establishing a Pregnancy by Sexual Reproduction

  • The Incoherence of Current US Federal Law

  • The Symbolic Value of Life

  • ART and Spare Embryos

  • Tissue from Fetuses

  • Doing Something Good is Better than Doing Nothing!

  • Interim Conclusions

  • Genetic Identity

  • Moral Complicity

  • Acknowledgments