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The ethics of creating human embryos for research for the responsible introduction of artificial gametes in clinical practice

Jans, V.A.A.M. (2016) The ethics of creating human embryos for research for the responsible introduction of artificial gametes in clinical practice.

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Abstract:An emerging technique in the field of assisted reproductive technologies is the use of stem-cell-derived (SCD) gametes. In the future, this technique may be used as a fertility treatment for those presently dependent on reproduction using donor gametes. The possible introduction of SCD gametes in medically assisted reproduction raises the question how, for this technology, the step to the clinic can be made responsibly. One element of improving assisted reproductive technology research is to systematically perform preclinical human embryo research. This thesis answers the question if and how the creation of human embryos for safety research can be ethically justified, in particular in safety research concerning the responsible introduction of SCD gametes in clinical practice. Using the method of wide reflective equilibrium, I argue that the creation of embryos for research can be justified, if the requirements of the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity are met. My stance is that this is the case in embryo research concerning the responsible introduction of SCD gametes into clinical practice. Therefore, my conclusion is that the creation of human embryos for safety research concerning the responsible introduction of SCD gametes in clinical practice can be justified.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 42 biology, 44 medicine
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70821
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