The Ethical Implications Of Stem Cell Research

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As scientific research broadens its scope to accommodate new technology and theories, controversial issues are debated and inspected, all in hopes of finding answers to long awaited scientific questions. Though science has come across many ethical road blocks set forth by the government, lawyers, and even the community it has continued to move forward in the hopes of encountering creative, constructive, and confounding new ways of creating cures for problems seen by many. Bioethics, as defined by Merriam Websters, is “the discipline dealing with the ethical implications of biological research and applications especially in medicine” (“Bioethics”). Bioethics can be found in almost every form of research, two of which will be focused on in this research paper, the question of when science begins to overstep it’s boundaries and what can be considered ‘acceptable’ from a scientific standpoint will discussed in reference to stem cell research and genetic testing on animals and humans.

The history of stem cells is a short, yet complex, one that must first be studied to understand the ethics behind this research. Essentially, stem cells are single cells that can either rapidly replicate themselves, or they can specialize themselves into many different types of cells in order to perform different functions. They can do tasks such as safely and effectively providing therapy by molding their function to most any need of those who are suffering from diseases or injuries such as
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