Chapter 23

Ethical Issues in Tissue Engineering

Stellan Welin     Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Abstract

Tissue engineering has great potential. There may be biocompatible implants and organs grown from human cells, and much more. Meat may be produced by culturing animal cells in bioreactors. There are controversies related to the use of human cells like human embryonic stem cells. To understand the ethical issues involved in donation and control of biological material as well as commercialization. Other issues deal with the idea of “naturalness.” Synthetic biology could become a more radical version of tissue engineering by allowing scientists and engineers to work not just with existing biological ...

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