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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

Do you trust me? I'm serious. If you were out of town and I was in your house how worried would you be? You don't know me at all. Sure, my masterful writing, impeccable grammar and flawless spelling might ease your mind a little bit but still. I sure as heck wouldn't trust you. Not to say you're a bad person but I don't know you.

Let's face it, we're a pretty irresponsible herd of animals. Just for kicks, let's ignore some of the smaller subjects...human rights, the environment, animal cruelty, you get the idea. Let's focus on our greed. When people get giddy about stem cell research, they fail to mention the capitalist society we live in. They smugly reveal their toothy smiles when it comes to sacrificing maybe-babies to cure Parkinson's Disease or growing new limbs for those lacking them. Great. But man, wouldn't it be great to use stem cells to grow new hair for my balding head? Or bigger muscles on my already-ripped arms? Say, I don't really care for this big ol' southern European nose I've got. Howabout I just cut it off and then harvest some new cells to smear down to grow something a little more...I don't know, Dutchy-cute? If you don't think there are private companies simply salivating at the thought of the profits you might be interested in some swampland? mudpit? hornet infested? beautiful lakefront property behind my house.

What? I can magically lose excess weight while growing larger genitals all with a little gene therapy? Sign me up!

Ok, this might be an exaggeration but you get the idea. Sure, SCR might be more socially acceptable when the patient was disfigured in a fire and not Pamela Anderson (Lee?). As a race, while we have exhibited an enormous amount of compassion, love and respect. We have also established ourselves as pretty darn selfish.

And you're saying: But private research is already allowed--if the private sector was going to do it, they would have done it by now. Wrong! The public sector will simply facilitate the private sector's advances in the future. Surely there will be at least a handful of geneticists and researchers who will be pulled from projects for "the public" good and will haul their formidable knowledge with them. Six and seven figure salaries will do that. I just don't understand how we, as a society, can be for something so controversial that can be so easily manipulated.

so basically ... because SOME people are vain and need to be greedy, the sick and the dying my pay?
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