A debate over the ethical value of embryonic cloning

With further advancement in iPS, humans will be able to control human reproduction with great precision. In conclusion, I strongly believe that there are many potential benefits for individuals and our society and we need to continue to develop cloning technology.

Did you know, due to a shortage of donated organs, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for organ transplants? This should tell us something about the objectivity or lack thereof of weighing consequences. Hindering research only postpones talented scientists who are most qualified from accepting these types of scientific opportunities in research development.

Because of its spirituality, this form of naturalism tends to blind us to its true reality--a worldview in which the human subject reigns supreme and becomes the ultimate arbiter of the good, the just, and the right.

New solutions such as Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells iPS acts as an alternate method to embryonic research in that it uses cellular reprogramming of adult skin cells. For example, the a government agency can ensure that all embryos are obtained with consent from in vitro fertilization clinics and that no embryos are sold for a profit.

Some critics fear that children created via SCNT would be subjected to unfair expectations of duplicating the talents and achievements of whoever provided their nuclear DNA. Similar concerns have been discussed in ethical debates about genome ownership, and whether Albert Einstein or Michael Jordan would have to consent before being cloned.

Clones may also have issues with fitting in at school or in public. While the arguments in support of human embryonic stem cell research are well intentioned, some have a number of flaws.

Ethics of cloning

Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. Federal funding would streamline the legal aspect of embryonic stem cell research and help eliminate the unnecessary bureaucracy on both state and federal levels. It is true that this results in the destruction of the embryo at a very early stage of development less than 1 week and in my opinion this is not considered a new life.

Respondents did not support human reproductive cloning, neither of themselves nor of a child who had died, with almost three-quarters 71 to 73 percent disapproving and only about one in 10 approving.

The Ethical Debate of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research can be ethically defended, and it should be conducted as the benefits outweigh the immoral implications. Con First I would like to address your questions: However misguided the public may be, in a democracy the public has the right to participate in the ethical debate to assert their rightful control over taxpayer funding of cloning research.

In Support of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

An early embryo that has not yet been implanted into the uterus does not have the psychological, emotional or physical properties that we associate with being a person. Think about it, an organism has to start somewhere, you can"t just assume its not an organism when it is beginning to develop!

Although tragic, negative outcomes along the way are not unethical because the intentions are to save lives, improve outcomes, and use all findings to continue to improve the science.

Defining a Life: The Ethical Questions of Embryonic Stem Cell Research (Revised)

An embryo in the earliest stages is not clearly defined as an individual. If we destroy a blastocyst before implantation into the uterus we do not harm it because it has no beliefs, desires, expectations, aims or purposes to be harmed.

Thus, in the moral discourse about embryonic stem cells the utilitarian calculus and the virtue of compassion emerge out of this particular worldview.In the stem cell research debate, moral concerns over the destruction of embryonic stem cells led President George W.

Bush to push for a ban of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research in The stem cell controversy is the consideration of the ethics of research involving the development, use, and destruction of human embryos.

Most commonly, this controversy focuses on embryonic stem cells. Debates over the ethics of embryonic stem cell research have divided scientists, politicians, and religious groups for years.

However, promising developments in other areas of stem cell research have led to solutions that help bypass these ethical barriers and win more support from those against. Ethical Debate On Human Cloning. Print Reference this.

Published: 23rd March, Last Edited: For example, it took just over tests before the scientists can create the first clone.

Ethics of cloning

but he still believes that the consequences of an action determine its moral value. For example, cloning kills clones that have been a failure in. In bioethics, the ethics of cloning refers to a variety of ethical positions regarding the practice and possibilities of cloning, especially human cloning.

Is the Great Stem Cell Debate Over?

While many of these views are religious in origin, some of the questions raised by cloning are faced by secular perspectives as well.

The scientific and ethical debate regarding the use of stem cells in medical research has been raging for over a decade. With President Obama reversing the previous administration’s limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, this debate can only intensify in the months and years upcoming.

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