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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080144957X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801449574
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Banchoff's historical outline of these debates over embryo research and use is accurate and engaging, showing clearly how the different political backgrounds against which they took place shaped their later contours. He also addresses the difficult moral questions surrounding the moral status of embryos, how the law should respond to this status, and how these questions intersect with the need for biomedical progress where such 'progress depends on research on embryos. This is a very clear, well-written, engaging volume, and one that could be read with profit and interest by anyone curious about what is one of the most pressing debates of the moment. Summing Up: Highly recommended for all readership levels."—Choice (January 2012)



"As Thomas Banchoff notes in Embryo Politics, 'the human embryo only slowly emerged as an object of ethical controversy.' This lucid and well-written book relates a comparative history of this controversy in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France."—Simon Cole, Technology and Culture (April 2013)



"In Embryo Politics, Thomas Banchoff summarizes a very large amount of data to make a cohesive argument about embryo debates in four countries over forty years. It is a masterly accomplishment."—John H. Evans, UC San Diego



"Commentators have often noted that debates about embryo research are inherently political, but before now we have had no reliable guide to the contours and history of this politics. Thomas Banchoff has produced the definitive work, not only on embryo politics but also on the politics of bioethics generally. We are all in his debt."—Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, Queen Mary, University of London, editor of Principles of Health Care Ethics

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Thomas Banchoff is Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy, 1945–1995, editor of Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics and Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, and coeditor of Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights and Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia C. Hughes on April 1, 2012
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Banchoff presents historical breakthroughs in science and subsequent political discourse that is rich in detail of embryonic stem cell policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France beginning with the first attempts at fertilizing an egg in the tumultuous year of 1968. This is a four chapter book that parallels policy making after each major scientific contribution in the realm of embryonic stem cell research. The unit of analysis or countries selected were appropriate in diversity and scope; each country takes a different approach to the moral question of the embryo and balancing the potential contribution to medicine with bioethic imperatives. The United States legislature is focused on public funds, leaving the private sector to carry out research using state and private funds. The United Kingdom is in support of embryonic stem cell research given that it was first in their country where in vitro fertilization officially brought basic research to translational applications. Banchoff describes the Warnock commmittee findings in detail regarding status of the embryo and the 14-day time limit. In Germany, the Benda commission deliberates on research as the Warnock committee did, but it wasnt until the 1978 when the birth of Louise Brown did public outcry roll full steam on linking embryonic research with the Nazi legacy. While Germany has a restrictive law on abortion, that policy was never really linked to embryonic research policy as support for the Social Democrats and Green party; in contrast to the United States. In France, politicians focused on human dignity of the fetus and embryo and also used the Nazi legacy to sway the public against legislation that would allow embryonic stem cell research to thrive in France.Read more ›
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