It could be argued that morally, stem cells should not be used for regenerative medicine because stem cells need to be embryonic stem cells. These stem cells come from embryos from an in vitro fertilisation clinic whereby the fertilised egg was donated for scientific research purposes at the consent of the donor. (NIH Stem Cell Information Home Page, 2016) This can be morally incorrect as these embryos could have developed into foetuses and could have therefore been born and these may have potentially been people that would have been important to society. It can also be argued that the destruction of foetuses is against many religious beliefs and theses stem cells are morally wrong to
Many great things can be accomplished through genetic engineering, but scientific progress is being halted by the opposition 's use of arguments with questionable logic. Most notably is their fear of designer babies. The problem with designer babies is that complex beneficial traits such as height, strength, intelligence, and attractiveness aren’t determined by one gene, and are also dependent on many other variables that aren’t genetic. Some traits such as the shape of an earlobe, eye color, or an individual’s susceptibility to certain diseases are determined by a single gene, and that specific gene can be identified and isolated by scientists. Professor of translational epidemiology at Emory University, Cecile Janssens states, “Even when all genes and their complex interactions are completely understood, our ability to use gene editing for favorable traits will remain limited because human traits are just not genetic enough.” (Janssens).
Not funding any transplants would be devastating for the people in need of transplants, it would be hard for the AHCCCS to stick to this policy without making exceptions, and exceptions would lead to more difficult decisions in the future. This case is complicated and there does not appear to be a clear/easy choice leading to a positive outcome overall. It is important to evaluate the ethical perspectives of a case in order to make an informed decision for the common
This process is very unethical. This can lead to genetic defects, it limits genetic diversity, and it can be taken to very extreme levels. ` To start us off, genetically engineering a baby can be very unsafe for it and lead to genetic defects. Scientists don’t know everything about the human body yet, and because of this, if we end up modifying something, it could end up affecting something important that we didn’t know about. We also can’t predict the outcome of the modification yet.
Two contentions in opposition to my claim would be declarations that preimplantation genetic diagnosis can lead to the controversial ‘designer babies,’ and that PGD is unnatural. Designer babies are future, science-fictional, and would be genetically altered to be beautiful, without illness or disease, and highly intelligent. It is a media-hyped topic with more fiction than science. These people think about the topic differently than I, as they are not yet caught up on the progress of the field. According to Carole Wegner, “Frankly, we don’t know which genes to pick, if we could pick them and how and when to turn them on etc etc.
All in all, there is a strong belief that these operations should in fact happen in terms of medical reasoning, but as for the alteration of appearances, there is more hesitation among society. If this technology progresses faster than society can handle it could potentially be disastrous. Scientists and researchers have a moral duty to keep making advancements, because that is their job but at the same time these life saving and altering techniques may either be saving us a society,
If you find that you have the genetic code for a highly fatal or a certain mental illness, you may dread this, even though there is no guarantee that you’ll get this disease. People might not necessarily understand that, and see identifying this disease as a “death wish.” While doctors could use genetic code to make it easier when diagnosing a patient, there could be more misdiagnoses, leading to mistreatment. Some doctors may only look at diseases listed in your genetic code and treat you for those illnesses, even though the answer might not be in your genetic
There could be catastrophic effects such as a plague or another arms race to make new weapons of mass destruction, for we don't know what our future holds or how we can approach the problems in our future. Also, with a religious heavy specie as we are, we know how valued many are to their own religion. This ideal may make people stray away from the topic of genetic engineering, for they may view it as dangerous, or even inflicting on their beliefs. This may leave a small amount of people receiving genetic engineering to which it may die out. It may also lead a purge against people who were genetically modified, or genetically modified families, for they may seem to be "unholy" or "playing God."
Many also feel that patenting genes is unreasonable, as these patents can cause patients to seek extremely high priced, market dominating medications which are produced by the patent holder. A solution to the current problems in genetic technology may include a ban on patenting genes. When relating to the problems in the ethics of genetic technology, a viable solution may be to have research done in contained laboratories, with no patient genes being left behind. Also, genetic lookup should not occur without a patient consent. To allow patients to feel confident in using genetic technology without worrying about identity theft, all doctors using genetic technologies must be certified by the government before practicing on patients.
Genetic alteration is “playing God” and when it comes to physical trait selection, it is not our place to decide. Killing one kid in order to give another stronger and quicker muscle growth is wrong on so many levels. The only exception is if a mother’s child is saved from a dangerous disease with the healthy genes of an artificially inseminated lab-kid, mothered by nobody. However, “farming” kids still seems very inhumane because these are potential lives we’re talking about. But regardless of how it is used, it must be used in moderation.