Therapeutic Cloning

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Therapeutic Cloning

Benefits- The pluripotent cells obtained can give rise to all cells in the body (except the egg/sperm) to potentially treat diseases in any body organ or tissue - One no longer has to wait for/find a matching doner for a transplant- It enhances our understanding of stem cells and how they and other cells develop- Utilitarian consequentialism: the theory that states that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its resulting outcome. - Autonomy: if families have the financial means to benefit from this technology, the should have the autonomy to do so to the individual benefit.-Progression: allowing those who can afford it to use it now will allow the technology to further advance so that it will reach a stage in the future where the ,asses can derive benefit from it and progress as a race. Social & ethical issues-Some think it is wrong to have any control over the genetic makeup of any other individiual. More so, the individual is generated for specific purposes, and the purpose of an individual's life should be more than just satisfying someone else's needs. -Religious belief states that life cannot be created artificially -Some believe that the embryo is a life begins at conception, so destruction of the embryo is the same as destroying a human life. -With the technique used having the potential for reproductive cloning, some scientists may go too far and attempt to create a clone, which results in a whole host of other issues.- Rich-poor divide. The rich can afford these treatements but the poor cannot making it unfair

Therapeutic Cloning

By: Gayle Lee (8), Hannah Kwok (14), Valerie Lee (15), Trina Tan (27), Emily Tan (28) 1S

Life Science

Therapeutic Cloning is the use of cloning techniques in order that therapies or cures would be produced. It does not involve the creation of a perfectly copied human being (reproductive cloning) but is rather the use of pluripotent cells/stem cells (cells that can potentially produce any cell/tissue the body requires for repair) to replace dead or damaged cells.


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What we can say for sure is, stem cell therapy opens up a new world of possiblities for medical science. With this advancement of technology, there are greater opportunities for other harmful diseases to be eradicated in new ways. Therapeutic cloning may be the key to curing diseases that affect the quality of life. In the future, the methods used for therapeutic cloning could hopefully be safer, and more easily accessible and affordable to the general population.Current technologiesTwo research groups have independently produced human embryonic stem-cell lines from embryos cloned from adult cells. Their success could reinvigorate efforts to use such cells to make patient-specific replacement tissues for degenerative diseases, for example to replace pancreatic cells in patients with type 1 diabetes. But further studies will be needed before such cells can be tested as therapies.


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