Bioethics Debate

7 February 2019
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The Upper Sixth covered the difficult topic of ethics in Biology. They did this by having a debate around a scenario which involved a 27-year-old man who had been in an accident five years earlier that left him paralysed where he was unable to breathe unaided, walk or move his right hand. He was offered pioneering stem cell treatment that involved producing an embryo that would be a clone of himself and then using these stem cells to attempt to cure him of the paralysis.

Each pair of students was representing the views from different people involved which included the young man, his parents, a pro-life group, the pharmaceutical company offering this treatment, a scientist and the young man’s parents. It was quite a heated debate that brought forward some very valid points.

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