Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions

Researchers at Harvard Medical School addressed it is time to create synthetic embryos. Moving further passed in vitro fertilization, scientist believe they can assemble stem cells which organize into embryo-like structures aka “synthetic human entities with embryolike features” (Sheefs).These scientists believe they will be able to assemble these cells into tissues and organs to create features of a mature human being.This article discusses, Nobel Prize Winner, Robert G. Edward's proposal of in vitro fertilization and how this new form will change the game. In vitro fertilization is a form of assisted reproductive technology that joins the woman's egg and man's sperm in a laboratory dish and is then placed into the woman's womb. The new scientist are working towards synthesizing embryos with  hearts and rudimentary brains in the lab. This is surpassing the in vitro idea completely, and is creating many ethical issues.

I found this article difficult comprehend because of my beliefs. I understand couples having in vitro fertilization to assist pregnancy, but I do not agree with scientists creating synthetic embryos. I am a religious person, and it almost seems as though they are acting as God with synthesizing human entities. I believe there are too many ethical issues with this new form of stem-cell engineering.

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