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Unformatted text preview: Natalie Novak Contemporary Moral Problems C. Littlejohn M,W, F 12:00 Subject: Cloning Kass takes a moral stance against cloning-for-biomedical research and that there is other ways to achieve the results and benefits that cloning may have. He believes there is too many uncertainties in science that it is impossible to know which method of research would yield the greatest results and that our moral principle in life that every human deserves equal respect should be applied to a human embryo would disrupt our cultural history. While Kass is correct in assuming embryos are morally significant, he is wrong in assuming that cloning-for-biomedical research would not produce the greatest results and that such research requires the destruction of embryos. This is because forgoing the benefits of this research does not fail to show respect for the moral importance of embryos. In “The Moral Case Against Cloning-for-Biomedical-Research” Kass defends the view that cloning-for-biomedical-research would have the greatest results and that doing this type of research would disrupt our cultural history. Embryonic stem cell (ESC) are stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of an early stage embryo known as a blastocyst. These stem cells can go on to form nearly all tissues in the human body. Due to their potential to form these tissues, ESCs are said to be useful in treating many serious illnesses and for research. Kass makes his arguments based on: what we owe the embryo, what we owe to society, and what we owe to the suffering, or those that have terminal illnesses that may benefit from biomedical research. He believes that as humans we all agree that such research has moral objections and the possibility of regret for its consequences. In his argument of what we owe the embryo, he says that because of the potential for the stems...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2008 for the course PHIL 1318 taught by Professor Littlejohn during the Spring '08 term at Southern Methodist.
- Spring '08