I can tell you that in vitro fertilization is a sin, as is “disposing” of the unwanted embryos. It’s essentially the same as abortion. As for the benefits, similar results can be achieved using adult stem cells. Which is awesome.
I expect you’ll need to ask this in the proper subforum (ie, moral theology) if you want a more in-depth answer than that. Popular Media is for discussing, well, popular media. We talk about TV, books, movies, and video games here.
That’s the problem. The media and investors want embryonic stem cells developed for as yet unrealized practical use since they can patent them and make money. There are two problems: A. Your body will recognize the material as foreign and try to destroy it. You’ll be put on anti-rejection medication for the rest of your life. B. There is a small chance that it will become cancerous.
Adult stem cells are far less likely to cause any problems, and their use has led to successful treatments.
And from what I understand, it seems that adult stems cells have been having more success, which results in more research being done with adult stem cells. Adult stem cells, or stem cells cultivated from the umbilical cord, of the patient don’t have the risk of rejection.
I believe there was a recent discover of an adult stem cell found or cultivated from somewhere in the body that could turn out to be just as pliable as embryonic stem cells.
Though, to the point of the OP, Church says IVF, “disposal” of unwanted embryos, and embryonic stem cell use is sinful. But using adult stem cells, especially that of the patient themselves, are not sinful, and given their success, I’d say encouraged where applicable.
I also understand that the use of “gestational carriers” is against Church teaching, but there is a couple on reality tv who claim to be devout Catholics had a baby that way and are planning to have another one using the same method.:shrug:
Surrogate parenting is against Church teaching, I never mentioned that in my other post, but thank you for bringing it up. But I think part of the reason this is sinful is because is requires the use of IVF, essentially, to impregnate the surrogate mother with the donor mother and donor father’s egg and sperm (respectively).
The other reason is because in many cases, surrogate mothers are very much exploited. Many surrogate mothers come from 3rd world countries, are poor, and uneducated. Many of them really don’t understand the agreements that they signed.
Contrary to most popular belief, using the stem cells of embryos is often unsafe, and it hasn’t offered one cure yet. Adult stem cells; those voluntarily given from adults however, are most certainly something to be used.
This is a topic near and dear to my heart and there is so much misinformation about
“stem cell research”. It is deliberate in many cases. All research is expensive and if
a company is not able to reap a lot of profits from drugs/therapy, etc, they are not as
interested. Using embryonic stem cells and being successful, means that the process
can be patented. That is the first step in reaping profits. Adult stem cells cannot be.
patented, therefore successful research using them cannot be as profitable.
So, when you read of successful “stem cell research”, it is most likely to have come from
“adult stem cells”, because that’s where the successes have been. California recently
switched from spending money on embryonic stem cell research to adult stem cell research. It is certainly encouraging, they are using their money more wisely.
Something that is also misunderstood is that “adult stem cells” do not have to come from
an adult, they can come from cord blood. from a person’s own body, or from a baby in
utero for it’s mother. (No death occurs for the baby either.)
Some of the latest successes have been for Parkinson’s Disease, and Diabetes and were
published in “Nature” and an article was in LifeNews.com on Sept. 24, 2013.
This is not so, Adult stem cells taken from a baby in utero, do not damage the baby in any
way, some can be taken from the placenta, etc. These are not embryonic stem cells,
Will respond more later, I’m on my way to Mass.