ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Morals and Primordials

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Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1659-1660
DOI: 10.1126/science.1062513

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In this essay, Louis M. Guenin argues that an epidosembryo, defined as an unenabled human embryo donated under specified conditions, is a permissible subject of research. This argument provides a more compelling defense of embryonic stem cell research than that afforded by utilitarianism. When fully explicated, Kant's morality and Catholicism also support epidosembryo research. This breadth of moral support cuts the props from beneath any governmental prohibition. The essay concludes by identifying restraints on research that would impose inefficiencies at no moral gain.