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Old 12-30-2007, 06:47 AM
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"Why would we limit ourselves to one type when there is untapped potential elsewhere ? "

youshouldn't......IMO....this was the point I was trying to get across....
Understood. I wanted to be sure we're talking about apples and apples here because the two types are not the same, and the arguments 'for' such research are more empirical with arguments 'against' being more emotional/morality based. Can't interject morality or religion into scientific research, IMO...
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:02 AM
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"Why would we limit ourselves to one type when there is untapped potential elsewhere ? "

youshouldn't......IMO....this was the point I was trying to get across....
Understood. I wanted to be sure we're talking about apples and apples here because the two types are not the same, and the arguments 'for' such research are more empirical with arguments 'against' being more emotional/morality based. Can't interject morality or religion into scientific research, IMO...
I don't agree with that. I believe we could easily think of research projects that would be considered immoral by our current community standards, even leaving religion out of the mix. Think about it for a minute.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:37 PM
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Agreed. I meant in regards to stem cell research because like it or not,
abortion, en situ fertilization, cryogenic zygotic preservation/storage are all
legal. By-products of these processes can and should be made available for
research without moralization because the sources of the materials are essentially
free for the taking and do not entail the purposeful termination of human life as a
prerequisite for acquisition.

Now to play devil's advocate, I do not believe there is any research that can't be legitimized
by some argument or other. What are the arguments against human cloning ?
Are these arguments based upon anything other than moralistic values ? If human tissue
cloning overcame the limitations of current technology, could you support it ?
Why ? Would you clone a liver if you needed one or is it better to go to China and have them
execute a prisoner so you could have his liver transplanted ? Would you choose instead to allow
mortality to end your life 'fair and square' ? The point is that we're on a slippery slope and we
need to exercise great care in how we proceed.

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