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In American society today, we are dealing with an ethical dilemma about the use of embryonic stem cells. Technological advances have increased dramatically, which gives us the ability to experiment on developing human life from the point of conception all the way to birth. Americans are currently in everlasting debates about whether it is ethical or not to use embryonic stem cells to research possible treatments for diseases. There are many people in favor of this for the advancement of human beings, but also there are many pro-life individuals who are opposed because of the overall outcome of embryonic cells. In order for an individual to make a sound conclusion about embryonic stem cells, they should first know what a stem cell is and the different types of stem cells that exist. It is also important to get insight from other individuals or groups of people about different views such as how to distinguish when human beings start to exist or what standpoint they take on the destruction of an embryo. It also does not help that U.S Presidents implemented different solutions to the problem, which all leads up to the ethical dilemma that human beings are faced with.
The healthcare industry has come a long way in terms of technological advances. These advances have had significant benefits in diagnosis, treatment, and the way medicine is practiced today. Unfortunately, these technological advances also come with ethical issues and dilemmas the healthcare professionals must face.
Modern medicine has come so far: our ancestors were victims to procedures like trepanning, bloodletting by leeches, and more recently prefrontal lobotomies. And yet, modern medicine still has a long way to go. Stem cell research shows great promise for curing common yet debilitating conditions, like Parkinson’s disease, paralysis due to spinal cord injuries, cancer, and many more. One day, things like stem cells could even help us re-grow parts of our body, like vital organs and other body parts. This could extend our lives greatly, but could it also change our society? The growing debate over the ethical aspects of stem cell research has overshadowed all the progress that has been achieved throughout the years. Stem Cell research is vital to our medical world because of all the possibilities it offers, and to waste that would be unfortunate. Controversies surrounding this topic fall under the categories of religious belief, moral and ethical concerns, and politics. Although there may be a great deal of apprehension when it comes to this topic of discussion, the overall outcome of this research is crucial to our advancement in the medical world.
The actions and conclusions of leading experts in the field of bioethics have proven it as a field of very little substance. While most fields related to ethics have a very solid foundation bioethics stems from the current views and opinions of society. There is only one absolute in bioethics. The welfare of the patient is paramount to all other aspects of treatment. However, this is a statement that can be molded and manipulated to fit the desires of patients, doctors, and scientists in the arena of genetics and cloning.
An article in Medical News Today by Marie Ellis sheds some light on a novel brain prosthesis that is currently being tested in human patients. The implant, developed by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, sits adjacent to and has electrodes connected to the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. The electrical signals from the hippocampus were sent to the researchers to decipher how signals from one hippocampal region were translated by the second. Using this data, they were then able to mimic a signal’s conversion from short-term memory to long-term memory and predict how the signals would be translated with 90% accuracy! For
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Embryonic stem cells research has challenged the moral ethics within human beings simply because the point at which one is considered a “human,” is still under debate and practically incapable to make a decision upon.
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