Outline• Context: Stem cell research and cloning –therapeutic promises, moral controversy• Topic: Creation of part-human beings in stem cell research•As a moral ‘shortcut’•As a source of organs•As assay systems’•Ethical issues
Stem cells•Stem cells are cells with the potential for self-renewal and the capacity to generate more specialized cells. Stem cells at different developmental stages appear to have different capacities for self-renewal and differentiation•Lots of scientific hope (and hype), lots of moral controversy, lots of posturing
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