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Stem Cell Research

Brave New World: This article addresses the phenomenal advances in stem cell research, cloning and genetic engineering in the last few years. In particular, the article notices that these areas of scientific research hold the promise of curing or even eliminating genetic diseases and defects that cause much human suffering today. Scientists have already tried many of these methods on animals. For example, the article points out researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland who produced the sheep Dolly, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell (Trefil, 2001, p. 4). The article ends by noting the problems associated with these lines of research, including what responsibilities do researchers have when dealing with issues that can affect the creation and the quality of human life (Trefil, 2001, p. 5).

The First Human Cloned Embryo: Researchers who attempted to therapeutically clone human egg cells wrote this article. The purpose of their attempts was to create early human embryos from which they could extract ôstarter cellsö (stem cells) that they could develop into replacement cell tissue for patients with various diseases. The article also discusses parthenogenesis and androgenesis, processes in which stem cells are derived from a patient's own egg cells (Cibelli, Lanza, West & Ezzell, 2002, p. 8). The article also relatively briefly address the ethical considerations raised by therapeutic cloning, including the moral status of organisms created by cloning and the ethics of increasing health risks in the women who donate egg cells (Cibelli et. al., 2002, pp. 9-10).

This article discusses the advances in doctors' ability to test babies still in their mothers' wombs for a variety of diseases and birth defects. It notes, however, that many of these tests still cannot be performed until almost three months into the pregnancy (Springen, 1999, p. 13). Thus, women cannot find out whether their baby may have a birth defect until tha...

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