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Although embryonic stem cells are microscopic, their potential usefulness in molecular medicine and medical therapies is huge. Equally huge are the ethical issues surrounding these tiny biological entities.
As a new generation prepares to face the world, it’s clear that they have taken seriously their parents’ postmodern teachings on morality: for most of these young people, it’s every man for himself. Is a shared understanding of right and wrong even possible today?
Morality is a system of principles or rules of conduct to which humans conform. Presently our “wider culture” exemplifies the debasement of rules of conduct with little common agreement as to what rules or principles we should be following.
The practice of “lifting” is an ancient but also a very current problem that is not only (or even mainly) restricted to the criminal element who perpetrate stealing crimes in our society. In fact, this time of year is particularly difficult for retailers as shoplifting by the general public is at its peak.
Stanford University’s William B. Hurlbut, a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, discusses his proposed alternative to using embryonic stem cells in the controversial field of stem cell research.
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