Therapuetic Cloning

Is therapeutic cloning unethical and should it be banned?

Background Information

  • Cells that come from embryos and some tissues in adults
  • Can become any cell in the human body
  • Can help paralyzed, disabled, and/or infected patients recover
  • Arguing over whether the blastocyst is alive when it is killed and if killing them is ethical or not is causing lots of controversy
  • Can also come from umbilical cord blood from when a baby is born and saved by the family for future use

Pros of Therapeutic Cloning

  • Stem Cells could become a cure for many incurable diseases
  • They could be taken from embryos that people didn't want and were going to abort
  • They could potentially save and/or extend the lives of people
  • Example: They could be transplanted into a paralyzed patient at the site of paralysis to grow new cells and allow them to move that limb/ limbs again
  • They could stop the use of animals to test new medicines that stem cells could provide a cure for

Cons of Therapeutic Cloning

  • Some religions say that such research using embryonic stem cells is immoral and that the baby has a right to be born and live
  • To get the stem cells from the embryo, the embryo must die, therefore killing the life of a baby
  • A very expensive process
  • Only developments have been promised to the public, not actual cures to diseases

  • Stem Cell transplants have been tried at least twice, both resulting in failures and loss of great amounts of money

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Final Thoughts

I think that therapeutic stem cell cloning is okay, as long as there are certain guidelines put in place to keep it safe.

Guidelines

  1. The process would have to approved by the governing body wherever the patient lives.
  2. The embryos would only be taken from mothers who do not want the child and can make decisions on their own.
  3. If they could not make decisions on their own, a family member would make the decision for them.
  4. The mother/decision maker would have to be okay with the use of their stem cells.
  5. The stem cells would only be used for good and unbiased purposes.

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