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4-16StemCells - ability to regenerate nerves can have huge...

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Stem Cells 16/04/2008 09:06:00 Stem cell single cell that can replicate itself or… differentiate into many cell types. Most come from blastocyst stage embryos that were created through in vitro  fertilization for infertility treatment and that the couple has chosen to destroy. The sources of stem cells are already there. Pluripotent - able to differentiate into any cell. Benefit Argument for hES Cell Research Provide substantial benefits. Society is morally required to support an activity with substantial benefits. o Benefits o Doesn’t violate anyone’s rights o Acceptable opportunity costs Drug development and testing Testing drugs without giving them to people or animals. Heart cells were made, which would beat, and were able to test drugs and  have direct observation. Regenerative medicine - neurons reconnected in mice affected with MS. The 
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Unformatted text preview: ability to regenerate nerves can have huge breakthroughs with paralyzed people. ← Pro-life Argument • Unethical to derive new hES cell lines. • Also unethical to perform downstream research using already existing hES cell lines • Hence it’s unethical to use any hES o Intentionally killing one of us unethically violates our basic right to life. o Human embryos have same rights to life. o Conception marks the point a new human being comes into existence. ← Pro-choice View • Early embryos are not persons, have no significant right to life. • Would you save a full-grown person or bunch of stem cells? ← IVF embryos • Destroyed • Saved for later use • Offered to other couples • Used for research ← 16/04/2008 09:06:00 ← 16/04/2008 09:06:00 ←...
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