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Title: Human Therapeutic Cloning


1
Human Therapeutic Cloning
  • Shannon Barnson
  • Anthony Englert

2
Three Types of Cloning
  • Embryonic
  • Produces identical genetic copies, i.e. twins.
  • Adult DNA
  • Produces an identical genetic
  • copy of an existing adult animal.
  • Therapeutic (Biomedical)
  • Stem Cells come from a pre-embryo with the intent
    of producing tissue/organs for transplant.

3
Therapeutic/Biomedical Cloning
  • The removal of stem cells from human pre-embryos
    with the intent of creating new, healthy tissue,
    not duplicate organisms.
  • Scientists are not copying embryos.
  • They take only the genetic material from a cell
    in an adults body, infuse it with an empty egg
    cell. The new cell can be persuaded, with the
    right trigger, to form any cell type.

4
Benefits of Therapeutic Cloning
  • Allows the creation of perfect-matched tissue as
    opposed to a transplant that the body could
    reject.
  • Could greatly diminish Leukemia deaths.
  • Doctors have no need to dampen the patients
    immune system and there is no chance of
    rejection, greatly improving the recovery and
    treatments success.

5
Just some of the Possible Cures
  • Leukemia
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinsons
  • Alzheimers
  • Heart Disease
  • Spinal Cord Damage/Paralysis

6
Is this MURDER?
  • A resounding NO!!!!
  • The stem cells are taken from the discarded
    blastocyst of invetro-fertilization that would
    normally be disposed of.
  • The blastocyst has not differentiated.
  • While the cells have the potential to become any
    type of cell, they have no identity yet they are
    just blank cells.
  • The blastocyst has not implanted in the womb

7
Stem Cell Research MUST Continue
  • Since the cells are going to be discarded and
    destroyed anyway, why not use them for a
    benevolent purpose?
  • Does protecting undifferentiated cells outweigh
    the tremendous possible benefits from both
    research and therapeutic use?
  • The benefits obviously exceed any disadvantages,
    therefore we must support scientific and medical
    advancement.
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