Beginning Life (Contemporary Issues in Science) by Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald

By Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald

Scientific innovation calls for learn, and study depends upon sufferers and fit volunteers keen to imagine hazards. contemplating the moral judgements clinical practitioners needs to face, starting lifestyles takes a detailed examine a number of daring clinical recommendations that experience created new lives and stored others. With specific info on assisted reproductive applied sciences like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy, genetic trying out and remedy, stem cells and healing cloning, and in depth care innovations for critically untimely newborns, this new source highlights key moral ideas and their software to the standard perform of medication.

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34 BEGINNING LIFE couple on the opposite coast. “When she was born, they handed her to me for a second. I couldn’t look, so I closed my eyes tight, counted 10 fi ngers and 10 toes, then gave her away. I cried for a month straight. ” The bond that can develop, even with a genetically unrelated baby, was central to a famous 1990 court case in which Anna Johnson, a gestational surrogate, fought to retain custody of the baby she was carrying for Crispina and Mark Calvert. Mrs. Calvert had undergone a hysterectomy (an operation to remove her uterus) and was incapable of becoming pregnant, but her ovaries were unharmed.

Genes are made up of DNA, and each chromosome contains many genes. S. National Library of Medicine) with thymine, AT, or guanine with cytosine, GC) is known as a base pair. In 1990, the Human Genome Project—backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy, and other government agencies around the world—undertook the sequencing of the approximately three billion base pairs in the human genome. The project identified more than 1,800 diseasecausing genes and facilitated development of more than 1,000 tests for human conditions.

Ethical arguments against surrogacy can be grouped into three general categories, depending on the principles or beliefs underpinning them. First are arguments that surrogacy is another “unnatural” means of procreating (similar to arguments against IVF and other ART in general). These views are often grounded in strong religious beliefs. Then there are arguments based largely on the ethical principles of beneficence and respect for persons (see chapter 1). Critics who argue against surrogacy on these grounds assert that it is difficult or impossible to protect the interests of the surrogate or to fully inform her of the risks to her emotional health, since she cannot know in advance how difficult it might be to give up a child.

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