Cloning for Embryonic Stem Cells

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arthur Caplan, professor and the director of the division of medical ethics at the NYU School of Medicine, discusses the news that scientists have successfully used cloning to produce human embryonic stem cells--and discusses the ethical issues it raises.


Dr. Arthur Caplan

Comments [9]

Nicole Preston from NYC

I am extremely disappointed that the director of the division of medical ethics at the NYU School of Medicine is so misinformed about reproductive medicine and IVF in particular. It is NOT TRUE THAT THE ONLY THING THAT CAN BE DONE WITH UNWANTED EMBRYOS IS TO DISCARD THEM!!! The majority of infertile couples that were lucky enough to have left over embryos donate them to other infertile couples. Adopting an embryo is often much cheaper than adopting a child and for many infertile couples it is the only way to have a family. Misinformation about IVF spread by Mr. Caplan is one of the reasons there is such a negative stigma attached to it. 70% of IVF cycles do not produce any embryos to freeze. The lucky 30% of the couples that have embryos to freeze usually have just one or two. The example of having 6-7 leftover embryos good enough to freeze is very rare.

Infertility is a disease affecting 1 in 8 couples in the US and 1 in 4 world wide. In a large online community of infertile community I did not meet a single person that does not value life and does not think long and hard about the embryos they create (if they are lucky! Many infertile couples do not succeed even after multiple IVFs). Often if a women produces many eggs a couple chooses to fertilize only the number they would be comfortable giving birth to.

This story is such a disservice to infertile community, which is already suffering enough, including outrages costs of IVF which are most of the time not covered by insurance.

Brian, I am a big fan of your show and I really hope you will correct Mr. Caplan’s story on air and maybe even do a follow up misspelling the myths of IVF.

May. 16 2013 11:43 AM
John A

Church opposes IVF for the reasons of the discarded embryos, I realize I'm saying this in a vacuum, given the responses on this board and as measured nationwide by the Pew Forum. It is solid moral reasoning, but lost in the current world.

May. 16 2013 11:23 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

We’ll see how you feel when you get that disease. Probably like Nancy felt when Ronnie got that disease. And hurry up. I hope it’s just a cold I feel coming on.

You may choose from the following:
A. It’s just cells they’re going to kill anyway so it’s ok.
B. It’s a potential human, but they’re going to kill it anyway, so it’s the lesser of two evils.
C. It’s a human and they shouldn’t create it or kill it and when they find the cure, I’m going to turn it down and die.

May. 16 2013 11:20 AM
Christine from Westchester

So it's all okay because some embyros don't make it naturally, so that makes it okay to create them and destroy them? Maybe we could get someone here who can speak to ethics. This guest can't.

May. 16 2013 11:19 AM

oops noted Energy Medicine practitioner Donna Eden - sorry - and the book is Energy Medicine.

May. 16 2013 11:18 AM

Noted Energy Medicine practitioner wrote in her first book that the thing we are deluded about here is that genes require an energy field to grow into organisms

Acupuncturists already have the jump on infertility treatments

May. 16 2013 11:15 AM
antonio from baySide

Is the cloning controversy the religious folks injecting into this is because of souls?
The clone would not have the environmental and experiences the host would have...

May. 16 2013 11:15 AM
John A

Matijuana needs to be legal if this is what passes for moral these days. I need a hammer for my head.

May. 16 2013 11:15 AM
Christine from Westchester

It's not just the cloning of a full human, it's the destruction of life when you create then destroy that embryo. Why can't they use non-embryonic stem cells: why not use the stem cells available by other means?

May. 16 2013 11:10 AM

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