Americans are confronting challenges in bioethics every day and in every venue, from hospital rooms and research labs to Congress and the Supreme Court. Developments in genetics, debates over the beginning of life and the fate of embryos, and technologies that extend and even create life are raising complex questions in medical decisions and treatment.
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The popularity of in-vitro fertilization and other procedures that require the creation of multiple embryos has resulted in an excess of frozen embryos, as many as 500,000. What to do with them, and whether couples can “adopt” them to gestate them to birth, is an ethical conundrum and a matter of intense debate.
The earliest stages of the development of human beings, from conception through the period shortly after birth, are fraught with life-and-death issues. Whether concerned about the fate or welfare of a particular embryo, fetus or baby, or hoping to benefit from a reproductive technology or stem cell research, countless individuals and families in every part [...]
An organization of researchers called Korean Christians in Science will examine issues raised by the Korean stem-cell scandal at a conference Sept. 8-10. The event is a sign of the enormous growth of Christianity among Korean-Americans, the developing interplay between religious ethics and science, and the increasing interconnectedness of cultures around the world. The conference [...]
The political battles over stem cell research continue to shift as new techniques are proposed as ways to circumvent ethical and religious questions.