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Technology seemingly never stops growing and changing And why should it Just as every human being changes with experience and age so then do our creations Unfortunately it is in our collective nature as humans to be afraid of change Change inevitably raises moral questions within us removing us from the simplistic routine of daily life and placing us in the uncomfortable realm of controversy When big changes happen its as if a fellow human has just died it makes us re-evaluate our lives and the effect that such an event will have on them Such is the case with embryonic stem cell research Stem cell research in and of itself is not a new technology Scientists and doctors have used adult stem cells for treatments on various blood diseases for years No one is hurt in such a situation and the Hippocratic oath is preserved The issue of embryonic stem cell research is different though Embryonic stem cells are the very basis of human tissue and therefore can replace almost any functional tissue in the human body whereas adult stem cells are already grown and therefore cannot be given other tasks Scientists remove the stem cells from embryonic tissue known as blastocysts and as a result the embryo dies Latham Thus the controversy - is this blastocyst which if allowed to continue growing will become a normal human baby if in vitro fertilization is used human at this point If so what is the difference between killing an embryo and killing a normal human Not as simple an issue as it at first seemed eh Perhaps youre already noting the similarities between this and that other issue of playing God at birth abortion As such theres two definite positions at play here with the requisite grays in the middle too Complicated and somewhat vague conjecture regarding exactly when humans get souls has arisen as well as the basic questions Is the child a living
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