Unit 9 Ethics vs. Medical Wonders. By Yan Yongyi Nov. 5, 2008. Learning Objectives. Section One—Medical Wonders and Humanity To learn the basic idea of stem cell research and IVF. Section Two—Magic Stem Cells To learn the magic effect of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.
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Unit 9 Ethics vs. Medical Wonders
By Yan Yongyi
Nov. 5, 2008
At the stem cell bar:
A: Hey, man, where is Cindy?
B: She went off to rid the world of all its horrible diseases.
Situation 1Background: In one IVF cycle, over 20 eggs may be extracted and fertilized. The physician usually has to decide the three best embryos and plant them into the womb. There can be surplus embryos after an IVF cycle.
Background:Muhammad Ali is a former three-time World Heavyweight Champion. He is a well-known victim of Parkinson's. Michael J. Fox, a widely-loved actor in the States, is also a victim of Parkinson's disease. They are both strong advocates of embryonic stem cell research.Ronald Reagan was a victim of Alzheimer's disease and passed way. His wife, Nancy Reagan, is an advocate of embryonic stem cell research.
Situation One: It seems like a good idea to bank stem cells from a child's umbilical cord blood as an insurance for his/her future health. You are going to hold a family meeting to discuss this matter.
Situation Two: You and your wife are very excited to expect your first child. Your doctor informed you of the option to bank the umblical cord blood for possible future use. You wife favors the option. But you are somewhat relunctant as it can pose a financial burden to an already overstretched budget. Today, a salesperson from a umbilical blood registry comes to your apartment and try to get you into a contract to bank the umblical cord blood.
on the line: (informal) if your job, position, life, etc. is on the line, there is a possibility you might lose it (非正式)有失去 (工作，职位，生命等) 的可能
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