Beginning of life

When does life begin? The National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NCE) is examining this controversial question – of central importance for ethical discussions in human medicine – from a variety of perspectives. Below you’ll find the introductory talk by the chair of the NCE (in German only) as a PDF.

The series has featured explorations of the beginning of life by the following:

  • Bernhard Rütsche: Lebensbeginn - Sind menschliche Embryonen Träger von Rechten?
    To the video
  • Frank Mathwig: Lebensbeginn - Zwischen Biologie und Biographie
    To the video
  • Barbara Duden: Lebensbeginn – Wer definiert den Beginn ‚des Lebens‘ – die Frauen oder die Experten?
    To the video
  • Dieter Birnbacher: Das Potenzialitätsprinzip - Probleme und Paradoxe
    To the video
  • Judit Pók Lundquist: Lebensbeginn - vielfältig und unklar...
    To the video
  • Thomas M. Berger: Lebensbeginn - (An)Sicht(en) eines Neonatologen
    To the video
  • Vardit Ravitsky: De la FIV jusqu'aux bébé génétiquement modifiés: un regard critique sur l'éthique reproductive
    To the video

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Last edition: 26.02.2019

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