Reading Response Essay 11

Reading Response Essay 11 - In Destroying Embryos,...

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Reading Response Essay 11 Embryonic stem cells are taken from the inner cell mass of early embryos destroying embryos in the process. Many think that they have greater potential for differentiation into a range of tissues. There are other stem cells in the body that are not embryonic and are sometimes called adult stem cells. These are derived from blood, brain tissue, muscle, bone marrow and many other sources in the body. Meilaender lists three ways in which embryos, that are used to harvest stem cells, are produced. There are embryos that result from fertilization in the laboratory. These embryos are either produced solely for research or produced and then not need so then they are used for research. Embryos also may be produced by cloning embryos which researchers normally prefer.
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Unformatted text preview: In Destroying Embryos, Meilaender is concerned with bringing an embryo into existence for the sole purpose of using it in research. He notes that in cloning embryos that creating it and then destroying it after the research would always be the case. This will cause a language of respect towards the embryo to be thrown out the window. People who advocate for embryonic research have not wanted to say that embryos are able for us to use so they say that embryos should be treated with respect. Meilaender wonders where this respect comes into play when the embryo is cloned. After a while, the embryonic research might turn into an industry where there are numerous numbers of embryos that are used for research. It will become difficult to have respect for all of those embryos....
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