Why the human zygote is an organism (and why it matters)

  By Paul Stark In the public debate over embryo-destructive biomedical research, many people dismiss the claim that the human zygote and blastocyst/young embryo (early stages of human prenatal development just following conception) are human beings on the grounds that other cells and tissues—such as a patch of skin cells, or the sperm and egg—are …

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Anscombe Centre points in a better ethical direction than Parliament this week

Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from the blog of John Smeaton, executive director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). The Anscombe Bioethics Centre held an impressive day conference this [last] week at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, entitled Human embryo research: law, ethics and public policy. Anthony McCarthy, SPUC’s education and …

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