HC.Wk10Bb - Human Cloning Argument for therapeutic cloning...

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Human Cloning
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Argument for therapeutic cloning (TC) Stem cells are undifferentiated cells capable of extensive proliferation. TC would allow people with diseases (cancer, heart, liver diseases) to be cured by cloned stem cells. (President Obama) TC will allow clone organs for people with diseased or damaged organs.
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Therapeutic Cloning Stem cells from the resulting embryo are induced to differentiate into the desired tissue transplantation with no risk of rejection. TC will prevent transplant rejection. But what about reproductive cloning?
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Therapeutic Cloning In therapeutic cloning a clone is produced with the aim to fight human disease In cloning done currently for therapeutic purposes, the cells produced are not allowed to survive beyond 14 days Main worry in the case of TC is that it involves using others as means to an end.
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Variety of concerns regarding cloning Major concern: should we allow therapeutic cloning, or reproductive cloning , or both, or neither? Currently, only therapeutic cloning is permitted. In reproductive cloning a child is produced by cloning
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Why Clone? Infertile individuals Lesbian couples Organ donors (Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go, 2005)
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Concerns about Human Cloning
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Leon Kass on Cloning Reproductive Cloning: “Offensive.” “Grotesque.” “Revolting.” “Repugnant.” “Repulsive.”-often hear one word responses to cloning
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Argument from Repugnance Cloning is repugnant Anything repugnant is immoral Therefore, cloning is repugnant Counterexamples to this argument Need independent arguments against cloning
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course PHIL 2450 taught by Professor Sethi,n during the Spring '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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