Ethics of stem cell research

“Madam, – The ‘strict guidelines’ drawn up by the University Research Ethics Board at UCC regarding experimentation on cells derived from human embryos did not bring me much comfort. To use stem cell lines derived from human embryos, even if remotely harvested, or to use human embryos proper for research is contrary to the dignity of the human person, especially in the death, or risk of death, of that human. While it is reassuring that the Academic Council does not recommend destructive research on living embryos, willingness to use cells of embryos destroyed for that purposes constitutes an unacceptable level of co-operation in evil. This is because, objectively, human life begins at fertilisation, where new unique human DNA exists …” (more)

[John Kehoe, Irish Times, 5 December]

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