Human Stem Cell Research: A Discussion to Prove its Benefits and Bring Forth the Unethical Aspects

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Name: Esra OZAN

Student ID: 20702195
ENG 101-76
Essay 2 / Final Draft
04.12.08

DO NOT DESTROY NEW GENERATIONS “Biomedicine” intends to increase quality of life via new research. One of the recent biomedical research is “Human Stem Cell” from which all 210 different kinds of tissue in the human body originate(the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, 94). Additionally, UNESCO states that separating some inner cell mass from the embryo at the blastocyst stage, they can be cultured to produce pluripotent stem cells, capable of developing into blood , muscle, or many other kinds of tissues and organs of the body (13). Thus, at first “Stem Cell” may sound hopeful for human life but harvesting of these stem cells from “human embryos” has perplexed scientists and philisophers whether is ethical or not; so, an in extricable arguments have erupted about this issue. While a group of people believe that human embryonic stem cell researh will be cure of many common diseases; on the other hand, another group of people claim that it threatens ethical rules. Lawrence S.B. Goldstein in his article “ Providing Hope Through Stem Cell Research” expresses “ The recent discovery of human pluripotent stem cells has suddenly given us the potential to provide our most desperately ill children, friends, parents and neighbors with new tissues and organs to replace their own damaged ones.”(82). However, destroying embryos indifferently in order to heal other ill people may not be the solution. Regarding this issue, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (CBHD) in their article “ Human Stem Cell Research Is Unethical” asserts that “ The human embryo must not be subject to willful destruction even if the stated motivation is to help others.”(98). Besides, they add that there are alternative methods instead of using embryos(94). From this viewpoint, human embryonic stem cell research should be proscribed and should not be...
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