Embryonic Stem Cell Research2

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Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stem cells are undifferentiated primitive cells that have the ability to multiply and differentiate into specific kinds of cells. They have the ability to grow specialized cells and tissue to treat injuries and diseases. Additionally, under defined conditions, embryonic stem cells are capable of propagating themselves indefinitely. Some of the diseases that could be treated with the help of embryonic stem cells are Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Diabetes. Stem cells could be collected from uncontroversial sources such as umbilical cord and placenta or controversial sources such as frozen embryos or aborted fetuses. Utilitarianism is an ethical theory whose central idea is “the greatest good for the greatest number.” The idea is that ethically correct actions are ones that promote the greatest happiness of the individuals affected by it. A proponent of embryonic stem cell research would defend the research on Utilitarian grounds by claiming that the benefits of
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2011 for the course PHI 1030 taught by Professor Lombard during the Winter '10 term at Wayne State University.

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