Ethical Issues

Laurie Zoloth*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


New devices are emerging that utilize the convergent technologies of several different fields of science and engineering to create tissue that can mimic the structure and function of the natural world. Examples include the creation of skin grafts, corneas, bone, cartilage, and, in some pilot studies, bladders. Such advances herald a remarkable ability to heal, a long-awaited solution to several intractable problems, and a serious alternative to cadaveric or living-donor whole organ transplants. This chapter poses the questions: What are the ethical challenges to the field of tissue engineering? Does tissue engineering raise new ethical issues, or is it a description of one of the modalities enabled by the convergence of other technologies that have been understood to be individually ethically freighted?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Tissue Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123983589
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Ethical framework
  • Ethical issues
  • Legal structure
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Regulatory structure
  • Social reaction
  • Stem cell research
  • Tissue engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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