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Moral Issues of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and Their Potential Solution

Title: The Moral Issues of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and Their Potential Solution.
Name(s): Denton, Amber, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Embryonic stem cell research is on the frontiers of medicine as of late and holds the potential for improving practices such as organ donation and drug testing. However, the procedures involved in embryonic stem cell research are rooted in moral dispute. Many uphold that this practice is morally impermissible due to the fact that it results in the destruction of human embryos. Additional problems arise when it comes to determining the moral status of the human embryo and the risks posed to donor women throughout the process. Arguments exist over when a human embryo should be awarded moral status, if at all, and those considering the debate from a religious standpoint are also dubious of the moral implications of embryonic stem cell research. I examine these various faults in the argument for embryonic stem cell research throughout this paper, and offer up an alternative solution. Induced pluripotent stem cell research, although a relatively new advancement in medicine, may provide the medical community with a way in which to avoid many of these issues. The key feature behind this innovation lies in the fact that human embryos are not destroyed or acted upon throughout the procedure, and research could be conducted with the use of skin cells instead. I contribute to the discussion on the stem cell debate throughout the paper by considering a range of moral arguments and concerns not often considered, and with a few of my own responses to common objections made to induced pluripotent stem cell research.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0003 (IID)
Keywords: Stem Cell Research, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Embryonic Stem Cells
Note: © 2013, Amber Denton
Subject(s): Political ethics
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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