Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles


A Call to Moral Theologians: Biotech Needs More Attention
Essay on a talk by William Hurlbut, former member of the President's Council on Bioethics, sponsored by the Ethics Center
Brian Green
IPS Stem Cells: New Ethical Quandaries
Induced pluripotent stem cells raise questions about cloning, privacy, and informed consent
Sally Lehrman
Stem Cells, Moral Status, and California Proposition 71
Gerald D. Coleman, SS, professor of moral theology at St. Patrick's Seminary, and Lawrence Nelson, Santa Clara University lecturer in philosophy discussed stem cells, moral status, and California Proposition 71, exploring the controversy over the ethical implications of stem cell research.
Margaret McLean, Gerald D. Coleman, SS, Lawrence
Brief Case for the Moral Permissibility of Stem Cell Research
The central questions regarding the ethics of stem cell research are 2 in number: One, do embryos have any moral status, entities that deserve moral respect and are owed some duty? Two, if embryos have some moral status, what kind, or degree, of respect are they entitled to and what particular duties are they owed by moral agents?
Lawrence J. Nelson
Notes on Proposition 71
Notes on California Proposition 71, "The Embryo Cloning and Stem Research Bond Act," offering a moral compass to guide us through these concerns.
Gerald D. Coleman, S.S.
Stem Cells in the Treatment of Diabetes: Therapeutic Potential and Ethical Considerations

Catherine Mastroieni
Red Light, Green Light: The California Cloning and Stem Cell Laws
A report on California laws responding to the State's Advsiory Committee on Human Cloning.
Margaret R. McLean
Respecting What We Destroy
A framework for looking at the moral standing of stem cells.
Michael J. Meyer and Lawrence J. Nelson
Double or Nothing
A discussion of cloning from scientific, ethical, and religious perspectives.
Robins K. Sterns
This paper discusses the significant ethical and moral questions intertwined in this "scientific" achievement of cloning by speaking with SCU campus experts in biology, medicine, religious studies, patent law, engineering, technology, agriculture, and ethics.
Robin K. Sterns
Cloning: Just Because We Can, Should We?
"If we can, we will" is a dangerous motto for medicine.
Margaret Mclean
California Cloning: The Ethics of Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research
Report on a Center conference on the state regulation of cloning.