Synopses & Reviews
Few avenues of scientific inquiry raise more thorny ethical questions than the cloning of human beings, a radical way to control our DNA. In August 2001, in conjunction with his decision to permit limited federal funding for stem-cell research, President George W. Bush created the President's Council on Bioethics to address the ethical ramifications of biomedical innovation. Over the past year the Council, whose members comprise an all-star team of leading scientists, doctors, ethicists, lawyers, humanists, and theologians, has discussed and debated the pros and cons of cloning, whether to produce children or to aid in scientific research. This book is its insightful and thought-provoking report.
The questions the Council members confronted do not have easy answers, and they did not seek to hide their differences behind an artificial consensus. Rather, the Council decided to allow each side to make its own best case, so that the American people can think about and debate these questions, which go to the heart of what it means to be a human being. Just as the dawn of the atomic age created ethical dilemmas for the United States, cloning presents us with similar quandaries that we are sure to wrestle with for decades to come.
"[This] reasonably priced paper copy fairly represents the many opinions and complexities related to human cloning, making it a worthy purchase for convenience and archival stability. Highly recommended." Library Journal
Includes bibliographical references (p.257-265)."
A council of leading scientists and philosophers offers wise and provocative insights into the ethical implications of one of the most momentous developments of all--cloning.
About the Author
Leon R. Kass, M.D. is the Addie Clark Harding Professor at the University of Chicago, and the Hertog Fellow at American Enterprise Institute. A nationally renowned bioethicist, he has written extensively on biology and human affairs; his books include Toward a More Natural Science, The Hungry Soul, and The Ethics of Human Cloning (with James Q. Wilson). He lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Letter of transmittal to the President -- Members of the President's Council on Bioethics -- Council staff and consultants -- Preface -- Executive summary -- 1. The meaning of human cloning : an overview -- 2. Historical aspects of cloning -- 3. On terminology -- 4. Scientific background -- 5. The ethics of cloning-to-produce-children -- 6. The ethics of cloning-for-biomedical-research -- 7. Public poilcy options -- 8. Policy recommendations -- Appendix : personal statements.