Did you know.... 113,840 people at this very second are waiting for an organ donation. Did you know 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ? (Becoming a Donor) Imagine if there was a solution to help reduce the statistic that a person will die due to organ failure.   Therapeutic cloning set out to do just that! Therapeutic cloning essentially produces pluripotent cells, also known as stem cells, which have the potential to become any cell within the body excluding the embryo. (Cloning Fact Sheet) The process involved in creating these cells includes the use of both gametes and soma cells. Through technology, the nucleus of both cells is extracted and the nucleus of the soma cell is put into the egg or sperm cell. After, the cell is stimulated to divide and form a blastocyst, a group of cells. These cells are in turn stem cells that can integrate into any type of cell or tissue., scientists are beginning to find out more about exactly how stem cells work.

     Because therapeutic cloning forms a product of the receivers own cells, the body very seldom rejects organs formed using therapeutic cloning.(Murnaghan) In turn, therapeutic cloning has benefited society by providing organs that are less likely to evoke an immune response and be rejected within the body. Also, shortages on organs are very common so therapeutic cloning is a viable solution. Through this method, society now is capable of and even one step closer to creating cures to common diseases. Using therapeutic cloning technology can repair damaged cells that otherwise may cause problems such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. With more research, scientists are beginning to find out more about exactly how stem cells work.

 In Society Today...

     Therapeutic  cloning has proved to be very effective, yet, numerous people do not find therapeutic cloning to be an advancement  in society. Several ethics are associated with therapeutic cloning which all play a part in the legalization of this practice.(Murnaghan) As it stands therapeutic cloning is legal in the United States, however, a lot of research is still going into the stem cell field so treatment using this method is not yet common.  Many people do not believe in the practice of therapeutic cloning due to the fact that in the end the blastocyst must be destroyed. It is refutable on rather or not the blastocyst should be considered life and therefore several find it hard to visualize the benefits of this practice. Those who do not believe in therapeutic cloning believe that just because the embryo looks different from the fetus and from the adult, there is not enough evidence to prove that the embryo is not a human being. In addition, many are against therapeutic cloning because they do not see the value in life of a living person in comparison to cells that have the potential to become babies.  In the eyes of those who are irreconcilable to this practice, the embryo is just as important as any human.

 

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