Therapeutic Cloning

Is it ethical to use human embryos for stem cells?

Cloning Background Info

  • Cloning of plants has been going on for thousands of years, and is still going on today
  • 1997 was when the first successful mammal cloning had taken place
  • They first produced clones by taking nuclei from the cells of mice, sheep, and cattle embryos and inserting these into egg cells

Therapeutic Cloning

  • Therapeutic Cloning is the creation of embryos for use in bio medical research
  • The ability to make exact genetic changes in human stem cells could be used to make Therapeutic Cloning more compatible with the patients immune system
  • The Creation of therapeutic cloning is not to create clones, but to obtain stem cells
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Stem Cell Research

A technician injects modified mouse stem cells into a fertilized mouse egg in 2002.

Pros

  • Therapeutic Cloning can help cure Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease
  • A person with diabetes could possibly avoid insulin injections if scientists could create insulin-producing pancreatic cells
  • Therapeutic Cloning can ensure that there is a chance of survival in an injury
  • Therapeutic Cloning can further researches on how to cure life threatening diseases
  • Therapeutic Cloning can improve health rates all across America

Cons

  • Therapeutic Cloning may not be accessible for everyone and people may not want it
  • Therapeutic Cloning is not guaranteed that it will help the injured patient or not
  • This process of Cloning is killing a live by making a fertile egg into a certain organ or tissue
  • Not Everyone can afford this type of cloning and there insurance may not cover it either
  • Therapeutic Cloning is unethical and is lives are being thrown away by having a therapeutic cloning process done
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A Political Cartoon

A cartoon saying that using the human embryos is unethical.
An article on why T.C. is should be banned

T.C. stands for Therapeutic Cloning

Conclusions

I feel that therapeutic cloning is unethical, because in order to heal someone you have to sacrifice a whole life. By turning a human embryo that could be real life person into a organ for someone else is killing a whole life. The fact that therapeutic cloning can be expensive is not good because is someone with a bad injury could need that "certain" transplant and can't afford it. In conclusion therapeutic cloning should not be allowed under any circumstances, because even though you don't want to lose a life your killing a person when trying to save another.

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