Daniel SteinhoffPrin. Of BioGBIO-1000Using God’s Resources and Not EmbryosThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains that embryonic stem cells are, as their name suggests, derived from embryos. NIH states that “Most embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors” (Stem Cell Basics, NIH). Embryonic stem cells cannot be derived without killing the embryo. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Japan, who is researching alternative to the use of embryonic stem cells, said “When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters. I thought, we can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way” (Fackler, p 1). Until this alternative method is found, innocent human beings are being explicitly killed. Whether for research purposes or not, the ethics of the matter do not change, the use of embryonic stem cells is murder.
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