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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.

News out of the Roslin Institute in the UK (the same place that cloned Dolly the Sheep) states they found a way to get a human egg to start dividing without the "aid" of a sperm.

How is this relevant for us? From these dividing eggs come stem cells. Although they're not quite to that point yet ("At the moment we have not managed to get stem cells from these embryos but that continues to be our ambition," Roslin's Dr Paul De Sousa told the British Association's Festival of Science in the Irish capital.) it seems that they will have such a device is the not-too-distant future.

This appeases me, as a conservative, because this type of reproduction is found throughout nature. This is not a bunch of test-tube wielding scientists tinkering with God--it's taking advantage of the things He has set as a blueprint.

"Parthenogenesis (out of the Greek for "virgin birth") occurs quite naturally in a number of lower animals. Insects such as bees and ants use it to produce their drones. Some larger animals can also reproduce this way..."

Another success for the cohabitation of the two mindsets.

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