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Ethical Controversy over the Sources of Human Stem Cells Research: A Study from the Buddhist Ethical Point of View=人類幹細胞研究來源的倫理爭議 -- 一個佛法向度的倫理探索
Author Shih, Chao-hwei (著)=釋昭慧 (au.)
Source 哲學與文化=Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture
Volumev.38 n.2 (總號=n.441)
Pages5 - 37
Publisher Url
Location臺北市, 臺灣 [Taipei shih, Taiwan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
KeywordDependent origination=緣起; Middle path=中道; Stem cells=幹細胞; Totipotent stem cells=全能性幹細胞; Pluripotent stem cells=多能性幹細胞; Multipotent stem cells=特定功能幹細胞; Embryonic stem cells=胚胎幹細胞; Embryonic germ cells=胚胎生殖細胞; Somatic cell nuclear transfer=體細胞核轉植; Adult stem cells=成體幹細胞
AbstractStem cells have the ability to self-replicate. They can be used in medical therapy, organ transplant, and pharmacological development or testing. However, obtaining pluripotent stem cells from embryos, for research purposes, implies snatching away the lives of the embryos or foetuses.
Scientists tend to deny that an embryo (even an early foetus) is a human being. The general suggestion is that research on the embryo can be carried out within fourteen days after the egg has been fertilised because the embryo at that stage does not have any senses or feelings and hence does not possess the significance of a human being ethically.
Based directly on the belief that 'all sentient beings are equal', Buddhism emphasises that regardless of whether an embryo is a human being or not, as long as it is already a life form, using it constitutes the immoral act of killing.
Furthermore, life actually begins at the time when the sperm and egg fuses. Although the embryo does not have the feeling of pain or pleasure, as its sensory organs have not fully developed, this does not mean that using such em...

ISSN10158383 (P); 10158383 (E)
Created date2014.09.30
Modified date2017.10.18

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