Human dignity and human tissue: A meaningful ethical relationship?

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Kirchhoffer, David and Dierickx, Kris. (2011) Human dignity and human tissue: A meaningful ethical relationship? Journal of Medical Ethics. 37(9), pp. 552 - 556. https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.2010.041509
AuthorsKirchhoffer, David and Dierickx, Kris
Abstract

Human dignity has long been used as a foundational principle in policy documents and ethical guidelines intended to govern various forms of biomedical research. Despite the vast amount of literature concerning human dignity and embryonic tissues, the majority of biomedical research uses non-embryonic human tissue. Therefore, this contribution addresses a notable lacuna in the literature: the relationship, if any, between human dignity and human tissue. This paper first elaborates a multidimensional understanding of human dignity that overcomes many of the shortcomings associated with the use of human dignity in other ethical debates. Second, it discusses the relationship between such an understanding of human dignity and ‘non-embryonic’ human tissue. Finally, it considers the implications of this relationship for biomedical research and practice involving human tissue. The contribution demonstrates that while human tissue cannot be said to have human dignity, human dignity is nevertheless implicated by human tissue, making what is done with human tissue and how it is done worthy of moral consideration.

Year2011
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Journal citation37 (9), pp. 552 - 556
PublisherBMJ
ISSN0306-6800
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.2010.041509
Scopus EID2-s2.0-81555214467
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Page range552 - 556
Research GroupSchool of Theology
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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