Social and Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Stem Cell Research

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Social and Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Stem Cell Research

STEM CELLS- Biological cells- Found in all multicellular living organisms- Undergo division through a process called miosis- Act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues- Are categorised under two broad types in mammals: 1. Embryonic stem cells 2. Adult stem cells.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

ACCESIBLE SOURCES- Bone marrow- Adipose tissue ( lipid cells)- Blood

SOCIAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING HUMAN STEM CELL RESEARCH

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SOCIAL AND ETHICAL ISSUESEgg harvesting for stem cell research- The potential for exploitation of young women can be expected to rise with an increasing demand for human eggs created by embryonic stem cell research.- It is exploitative to take and use biological material from donors to generate products for commercial use.- Risks done to offspring of treated women.

Developing Human-Nonhuman Chimeras in Human Stem Cell Research- Mixing human and non human materials in ways could result in the development of human-nonhuman chimeras.

For each new application of stem cell technology, we must consider: - The benefits? - The risks?- Does it have the potential to hurt anyone?

WHAT STEM CELLS DO For people who suffer from common, but deadly heart diseases - Researchers are working toward using stem cells to replace damaged heart cells and literally restore cardiac function.For older people - Reverse consequences of aging. - Repair worn out cells.

FUTURE SCOPE- Cloning human stem cellsBiologists have finally managed to create human stem cells through cloning. Scientists are using similar techniques, which created Dolly, to produce embryos in order to clone human stem cells. - Reprogramming mature cells, which are often taken from the skin.

Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research- The overwhelming objection to stem cell research is that it involves the destruction of an embryo or foetus. - The embryo is actually created for research or therapeutic purposes, and this raises many objections, in that a potential life is created for a specific purpose.


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