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The Government and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The Government and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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  1. The Government and Embryonic Stem Cell Research By: Erin Hutzell and Triston Harry

  2. Questions Proposed • Should the government support/fund the research of embryonic stem cells? • To answer the question: • Is embryonic stem cell research ethical? • Is embryonic stem cell research useful? • Does embryonic stem cell research fit government regulations?

  3. Introduction: Background • Government • Federal Regulations • Guide Research • Many Documents • Belmont Report • Dickey-Wicker Amendment • Embryonic Stem Cells • Derived from Blastocyst • Embryo is Destroyed • Cells are Pluripotent • Currently being Researched

  4. Embryo Destruction: The Arguments Based on Science • Life Begins at day 14 or 15 of Pregnancy • Twinning • Embryo Fusion • Miscarriages • Life Begins at Conception • Scientifically Proven • Genetics • Embryology • Embryonic Development

  5. Another Argument • Spare Embryos • Permanently Frozen • Destroyed Anyways • Alternatives to these procedures

  6. Ethical Point of View on Embryos • Principalism • Nonmalificence • Beneficence • Autonomy • Kant’s Categorical Imperative • Inherent worth • End-in-itself formula

  7. Conclusion Based on Embryo Arguments Unethical

  8. Success Rates and Downfalls • Scarce amount of recorded data • Tissue rejection • Tumors • Not approved by FDA

  9. Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cells • Occur Naturally in Body • Naturally Repair Body • Highly successful • Treated between 70 and 100 disorders • Presents no ethical implications or health problems • New Technology • Still in Research Phase • Not used as direct treatment • Cell Lines used to find treatments • Test drugs • Artificially created • Fairly successful • Problem of Uncontrollable Growth • Tumors Adult Stem Cells Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

  10. Conclusion Based on Success and Alternatives Embryonic Stem Cells are not useful therapeutically and are not successful

  11. Legal Issues • Dickey Wicker Amendment • George Bush • Barrack Obama

  12. Government Regulations • Created Committee • Identify Ethical Principles • Guide Research • Resulted in Belmont Report • Principles • Autonomy • Beneficence • Justice • All Principles Violated National Research Act of 1974 The Belmont Report

  13. Conclusion Based on Government Regulations Should not be funded

  14. Overall Conclusions • The Government Should Not Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research • The Research Itself is Unethical • Human lives are destroyed • The Research is Unsuccessful • This results in a bad allocation of resources if funded • The Research Violates Government Regulations • Should not fund something that does not follow the law