The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2010

Responses to Dignitas personae - Part I of II

E. Christian Brugger
Pages 123-142

Parthenotes, iPS Cells, and the Product of ANT-OAR
A Moral Assessment Using the Principles of Hylomorphism

Dignitas personae teaches that before research into certain alternative techniques for deriving human pluripotent stem cells can be licit, it is necessary to have moral certitude that no human embryo is brought into existence by those techniques. This article evaluates three such techniques—human parthenogenesis, ANT-OAR, and direct cellular reprogramming—and asks whether at present such moral certitude is achievable. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 10.1 (Spring 2010): 123–142.