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Title: Human Therapeutic Cloning

Human Therapeutic Cloning
  • Shannon Barnson
  • Anthony Englert

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.

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.

Benefits of Therapeutic Cloning
  • Allows the creation of perfect-matched tissue as
    opposed to a transplant that the body could
  • 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.

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

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

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