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    Pluripotent Stem Cell

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    Please help me with BRIEF depate type answers to the following questions.
    1. Are stem cells from embryo morally protected entities, or are they more like other disposable tissues gleaned from the human body?
    2. How can it be considered moral to take cells form an early embryo if the cells can still develop into a viable fetus?
    3. When does life begin?
    4. What's in the Petri dish, property or person?
    5. Will stem cell research increase the destruction of embryos and abortion?
    6. What is the embryonic status of totipotent and Pluripotent stem cells?
    7. Why is derivation important?

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    1. The debate of when an embryo is considered human with the full rights of a person is one that has persisted since the issue of abortion came to the publics attention. It is a personal view as to when an embryo is a person. The law protects fetuses at a certain point in development but the embryos from which stem cells are derived could not survive on their own and develop into a sentient being without the support of the womb. At the point at which stem cells would be isolated they have the potential to form a human being but even in a normal situation fetus are spontaneously aborted or develop improperly. While I don't believe that embryos should be off limits for harvesting stem cells they must also not be treated as a consumable product without the realization of their potential to form human live.

    2. While an early embryo from which stem cells are derived has the potential to develop into a viable fetus there is no guarantee that it will. Between 10% and 50% of all pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion. Other pregnancies come to ...

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