Date Approved

5-3-2002

Embargo Period

5-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Meagher, Richard

Subject(s)

Human embryo; Life

Disciplines

Higher Education and Teaching | Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

The moment attributed to the beginning of human life is debated not only in religious and political communities, but within the scientific community as well. Particular attention is given to this issue as advances in science make it possible to manipulate the embryo and fetus at early stages of development. This study explores these issues as they are revealed in the literature. In particular, examination of the stages of human development associated with this issue and the correlation between these stages and their influence on ethical concerns in current scientific technologies such as abortion, cloning, and embryonic stem cell experimentation.

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