The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Chapter 28: Ethical and Scientific Issues in Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Research

Ethical and Scientific Issues in Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Research

Ethical and scientific issues in gene therapy and stem cell research

Introduction

The ethical issues surrounding gene therapy and stem cell research have been an area of intense interest for investigators, research regulators and the public for many years. While traditionally discussed as distinct issues, particularly since the former burst on to the science scene many years before the latter, gene therapy and stem cell research share a number of common ethical challenges. Of course each has their share of particular issues — these will be noted as well. Our emphasis on the common issues is not to disguise or otherwise minimize issues that one has and the other does not — for example, gene therapy ...

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