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Title: Cell ethics matter of Buddhist personal choice
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Jens Schlieter

Description: This editorial highlights the views and practices of Buddhists from traditionally Buddhist countries on the use of embryonic stem cells. While Buddhist teachings (specifically the Vinaya) says that life begins at conception, Asian Buddhists generally hold liberal attitudes to abortion and stem cell use. Some Asian Buddhists see medical research as a way to relieve suffering and therefore are less likely to object to harming a fetus in certain situations. Buddhist ethics are guidelines, not laws that must be followed. As guidelines, they allow for a gradient of opinions depending on the situation. If for example, the person doing research has a good motivation or if what's being studied is not a complex organism (and thus has only amassed enough karma to be a simple life-form), bio-medical research which involves taking another's life may be permissable, even if performed with some discomfort. (Zach Rowinski 2005-01-01)

Publisher Place: Quincy, MA
Publisher: Science & Theology News
Normalized publisher place: Quincy, MA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.stnews.org/index.html
Published Date: 2004-04
URL: http://www.stnews.org/archives/2004_april/edit_ethics_0404.html
Subject: Stem cell research
Bio-medical research
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Ethics -- Buddhist Ethics
Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Ethics -- Bioethics
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- Medical Ethics
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
Interface Language: English
Source URL: http://www.stnews.org/index.html
Source: Science & Theology News
Source Editor: Harold George Koenig
Source Type: Newspaper
Start Date: 2000
Frequency of publication: Monthly

Means of availability: Available on the internet. See the newspaper's Subscription Page for more information.

Format: Online resource
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Article
Digital Encoding: html
Reader Rating: useful
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-01-01 02:48:07
Date Record Checked: 2005-01-01
Date Last Modified: 2005-12-20 18:24:16
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