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Old February 2nd, 2008, 3:56 am
DancingMaenid  Undisclosed.gif DancingMaenid is offline
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Re: The Relationship Between Science and Religion

Originally Posted by Danio View Post
But don't blastocysts develop into the embryo and placenta? Well, I just meant the destruction of something that could develop into a human baby, so I included blastocysts in that.
One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of the blastocysts in labs may not ever grow to become embryos, fetuses or children, regardless of whether they're used for stem cells. When women go through some fertility treatments, it's not unusual for them to either implant several eggs to increase the chances of fertilization (this is how some women who undergo egg implantation end up with multiple births), or create several blastocysts in case the one implanted is miscarried. In the latter case, if the first try results in a successful pregnancy and birth, there may be blastocysts left over that will never be implanted in the woman. If they've been created, it seems like it would be better, in my mind, to use them to help preserve lives.

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