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Scary Science or Moral Medicine?

By: Skylar Zwick
By: Skylar Zwick

It's one of, if not, the most, hotly debated moral and scientific topic: stem cell research. Today, the debate got a little more heated.

It's one of, if not, the most, hotly debated moral and scientific topic: stem cell research.

 
Today, the debate got a little more heated. As the Associate Press reported, “Studies published in two journals today say teams of Chinese scientists managed to produce live mice from stem cells coaxed from the skin tissue of adult mice and then reprogrammed.”
 
While the study details the genetic inconsistencies, unusual deaths and other problems with the first generation, the study did produce results proving that scientists can create an entire living organism, in this case a mouse, from skin cells in a Petri-dish.
 
No matter what your take on the stem cell debate, it’s a feat of science.
 
But, does this new method change your opinion?
 
Some view the use of embryonic stem cells as homicide, since these fertilized eggs were once intended to be used for fertilization. They believe we’re facing the moral dilemma of harming a child, even if the cells are only a few days into creation. The other side says, rather than discarding the unused cells, learn to use them to create/grow organs, and the like, to aid in disease research. While this is just one point raised by each side of the debate, it goes to show, that it is a hot topic both morally, personally and scientifically.
 
Since the cells being used in this newest research are skin cells and not embryonic, does that make a difference in your point of view?
 
Post your comments on this “scientific revelation” below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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