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Persona y Bioética

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GERMAN ZURRIARAIN, Roberto. EL UTILITARISMO ÉTICO EN LA INVESTIGACIÓN BIOMÉDICA CON EMBRIONES HUMANOS. pers.bioét. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.1, pp.16-28. ISSN 0123-3122.

This article examines the utilitarian ethics underlying biomedical research associated with the study of human embryos. The term pre-embryo is used as a legal pretence to ignore the ontological and biological reality of the embryo in its first days of life. As a result, the pre-implanted human embryo becomes part of the estimate of interests or assessment of consequences particular to utilitarian ethics. Human life ceases to be regarded as a fundamental, ethical barrier to actual biomedical research with human embryos. The methodology is that of a descriptive and interdisciplinary study of the keys ethical values involved in this issue.

Keywords : Biomedical research; human embryo; utilitarianism; frozen embryos; dignity; stem cells.

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