Overview of Embryonic Stem Cell Research | Marina PETRISOR (TICMEANU)
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to debate whether or not the embryonic stem cell research should be permitted, or even encouraged. I will argue that we have a moral duty to encourage the advance of scientific knowledge (by learning how the embryo stem cell works) and to allow developments in medicine (by using therapies resulted from embryo stem cell research), yet understanding the risks that such research and knowledge brings. Therefore, I will discuss a few medical and procedural aspects regarding embryonal stem cells, I will briefly present several perspectives upon embryo moral status and also upon the most important slippery slope dangers concerning embryonic stem cell research. All of these aspects will be approached focusing not only on potential benefits, but mainly on the correct understanding and appropriate calculation of the risks involved.
Keywords: embryonic stem cells, in vitro embryos, medical research, moral status of the embryo.
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