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Embryo stem cells should be used to develop cures to terrible diseases. Discuss.

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'Embryo stem cells should be used to develop cures to terrible diseases (6 marks)? Christians who believe that life begins at conception would be totally against using an embryo for stem cells and then destroying it. This because these Christians (mainly Catholics) believe all life is holy from the point of conception and should be treated with intrinsic value. God also 'created human in his own image' and he wouldn't want the human's that he gave his own image to, to be degraded and not respected. ...read more.

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This is because of a quote from (Genesis 2:7) 'breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being', which sort of suggests that life begins when a person breaths his first breath. But since this point is very difficult to distinguish they don't see an embryo as a person as they see it as something that is developing into a person. Although using embryo stem cells would help find cures for diseases, some Christians feel that the disabled people who are living through the disease now will fee like they don't fit into society any more, as less and less disabled people would be born. ...read more.

Conclusion

After all Jesus was a healer who healed the sick. By using embryo stem cells scientists could help find cures for terrible diseases like Motor neurone disease and Alzheimer's. In conclusion, Christians should allow stem cells to be used from embryos because it could lead to breakthroughs in science and also lead to cures to diseases that effect many people. It is also hard for a lot of Christians to say that doing so would be going against the commandment 'do not murder' because an embryo under the age of 14 days obviously wouldn't have 'breathed... the breath of life' yet. ...read more.

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