Cross-Cultural Issues in Bioethics: The Example of Human Cloning

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Current Debates on 'Human Cloning' in Korea

Chin Kyo-hun

Abstract: The first part of this essay gives an introduction to the circum-
stances of recent developments in biomedical research and outlines im-
portant Korean discourses on bioethical regulations (e.g., the draft bill
on the Basic Safety Law on Bioethics in Korea etc.). The second part
analyses the inherent concepts of identity and integrity of the human
being in the light of Korean traditional thought in the setting of the DFG
Project on “Culture-Transcending Bioethics.” Consequently, all forms of
human cloning should be prohibited, because an embryo is a human
being and should not be destroyed in the interests of research cloning.
The most effective way of banning reproductive cloning is to inhibit the
process at the very beginning, by prohibiting the creation of cloned em-
bryos.

Key Words: All forms of human cloning, Parthenogenesis, Ethics, Phi-
losophical anthropology, Korean traditional thought, Natural law, Hu-
man dignity, Filial piety, Respect for life.


1. Introduction

The first part of this essay gives an introduction to the circumstances of recent developments in biomedical research and outlines important Korean discourses on bioethical regulations (e.g. the draft bill on the BasicSafety Law on Bioethics and the bill concerning Bioethics and Security of Life in Korea). The second part analyses the inherent concepts of identity and integrity of the human being in the light of Korean traditional thoughts in the setting of the DFG Project on “CultureTranscending Bioethics.”


2. Recent Developments in Biomedical Research in Korea and
Its Regulation

Six years after the publication of Ian Wilmut's experiments,1 which led to the birth of the first cloned mammal via somatic cell nuclear transfer, human cloning is still the object of ongoing biological research, accompanied by anthropological, ethical and juridical suppositions and passionate public debates, also in Korea

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