The human embryo

Ethical and legal aspects

Bartha Maria Knoppers, Sylvie Bordet, Rosario Isasi

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Abstract

This paper analyses the status of the embryo in Canadian law. First, a brief overview of some ethical issues raised by research with embryos, focusing on the moral status of the embryo, is presented. A survey of the regulatory framework applicable to embryo research in Canada follows, so as to delineate the legal status of the embryo in Canada and its ethical underpinnings. A summary of applicable regulation in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States is also undertaken, illustrating the lack of consensus on this issue in Western countries. Finally, recent developments in stem cell research are considered, focusing on current alternatives to embryo destruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Embryogenesis
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsJulie Lafond, Cathy Vaillancourt
Pages281-305
Number of pages25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume550
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

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Jurisprudence
Embryonic Structures
Embryo Research
Canada
Stem Cell Research
Ethics
Germany
Consensus

Keywords

  • Embryo research
  • ethical and legal aspects
  • legal status of the embryo
  • moral status of the embryo
  • stem cell research
  • the human embryo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

Cite this

Knoppers, B. M., Bordet, S., & Isasi, R. (2009). The human embryo: Ethical and legal aspects. In J. Lafond, & C. Vaillancourt (Eds.), Human Embryogenesis: Methods and Protocols (pp. 281-305). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 550). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-60327-009-0_18

The human embryo : Ethical and legal aspects. / Knoppers, Bartha Maria; Bordet, Sylvie; Isasi, Rosario.

Human Embryogenesis: Methods and Protocols. ed. / Julie Lafond; Cathy Vaillancourt. 2009. p. 281-305 (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 550).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Knoppers, BM, Bordet, S & Isasi, R 2009, The human embryo: Ethical and legal aspects. in J Lafond & C Vaillancourt (eds), Human Embryogenesis: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 550, pp. 281-305. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-60327-009-0_18
Knoppers BM, Bordet S, Isasi R. The human embryo: Ethical and legal aspects. In Lafond J, Vaillancourt C, editors, Human Embryogenesis: Methods and Protocols. 2009. p. 281-305. (Methods in Molecular Biology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-60327-009-0_18
Knoppers, Bartha Maria ; Bordet, Sylvie ; Isasi, Rosario. / The human embryo : Ethical and legal aspects. Human Embryogenesis: Methods and Protocols. editor / Julie Lafond ; Cathy Vaillancourt. 2009. pp. 281-305 (Methods in Molecular Biology).
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