Is it wrong to experiment on embryos?
The value and use of embryos comes up in several other areas of the AS course:
- when considering abortion, you will have asked when the foetus becomes human and whether an embryo is a person in any meaningful sense
- when looking at the right to a child, you will have looked at IVF and what happens to spare embryos
- genetic engineering includes a detailed consideration of Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, a procedure that involves removing a cell from an embryo and screening it for 'disorders'. If any are found, the embryo may be discarded
By far the most significant of these in terms of the number of embryos affected is IVF. However, there seems to be far more controversy over the use of embryos in stem-cell research.
There are some resources particularly aimed at A level Ethics students. There are also book reviews, links to other websites (including news stories ) and multimedia resources. We are looking to develop interactive quizzes, and A level Philosophy and Ethics students can find help with past exam questions.