Research aimed at finding the ultimate cure for (until now incurable) diseases, is underway. The ability to cure diseases such as diabetes type 1, Parkinson's disease and others is perhaps in a not so distant future. The solution lies perhaps in pluripotent stem cells, which have the potential to develop into every cell type in the body. This project aims to provide an overview of the procurement methods available for pluripotent stem cells by examining the methods and what opportunities and barriers, the researchers have associated with working with these cells. In addition there will be told about the ethical issues in obtaining stem cells, especially the procurement of stem cells through in vitro fertilization. The Danish legislation on the field of research within fertilized eggs will also be reviewed and there is formed an overview of Denmark's political position in relation to other countries in Europe. We conclude that there are considerable ethical problems in embryonic stem cell research. But these problems can be balanced against that people in theory with serious diseases can be treated. The big trade-off comes first by use of the remaining eggs from in vitro fertilization. In addition it is ethically unacceptable to create embryos for the purpose of extracting embryonic stem cells. We can also conclude that the Danish law follows these considerations.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||17 dec. 2009|