The Ethics Of Stem Cell Research Essay
Human embryos are organisms in early stages of life, typically the first to eighth week of development, and are created by the fertilization of an egg with a sperm. In terms of the argument at hand, early embryos are of interest (14 days after fertilization). They can be obtained in numerous ways and are useful in many types of research, especially medical treatment, due to the fact that they are a source of pluripotent stem cells that are able to divide into many types of cells. Bonnie Steinbock argues that stem cell research isn’t determined solely by moral status and that though the specific embryos discussed do not have moral status, they do have moral value, thus need to be dealt with respectfully (Steinbock 417). The following essay agrees with the author and will claim that the subjects at hand do not have moral status; thus, there are no ethical or moral reasons that require the findings of different sources of such human cells. Moral status is a concept that pertains to whether or not an entity has rights. Steinbock presents two views: the Biological Humanity and Interest view, which will be discussed.
The Biological Humanity view states that any being has moral status if it is a being in a biological sense, normally a member of the species Homo sapiens. Such a view gives human beings a status that is far superior to that of any other species. Human embryos are different from their late stage adult counterparts, yet are still…