The Ethics of Using Stem Cells:
- This area is surrounded by much controversy, as at the moment the embryos are supplied from surplus embryos that were not implanted during IVF treatment.
- Once the stem cells are removed, the embryos are destroyed.
- Some say it is not acceptable to use a potential life form for this purpose, but others say it is worth it for the medical benefits they provide. Human stem cells could potentially be used to treat Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, heart and liver diseases, diabetes, MS and some cancers.
- Some people also argue that if we are comfortable doing this kind of research, we could potentially enter into human cloning and fundamentally devalue human life.
- It has been noted that excess embryos created for IVF treatment could be donated, with consent, to research.
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF):
- A couple…