Special Topics

Special Topics - SPECIAL TOPICS AND ADDENDA Weve spent most...

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SPECIAL TOPICS AND ADDENDA We’ve spent most of the semester talking about various theories and principles. While we’ve also seen how these theories and principles can be applied, this section really delves into application. Consider the following topics as they relate to the broader ethical principles we’ve discussed. We’ll go over them in more detail on Tuesday during class. Genetic Manipulation - We’ve already talked about problems with genetic privacy and screening, but a much larger debate rages about stem cell research. Basically, stem cells are non-specific cells that can be triggered to activate in various specific ways. They are a bit like generic cells, which can potentially grow into anything. Through stem cell research, you might find a way to cure cancer by replacing the bad cancer cells with freshly grown “good” cells. Or you might find a way to regenerate limbs that have been lost. These are extreme examples, but at a simpler level, you could genetically manipulate someone’s cells to prevent certain health risks (by recoding DNA). These all seem like good goals, but there are some controversies. The most vocal critics
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