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    Avoiding the Embryo: Examining the Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding Stem Cell Research and Its Interaction With the Religious World by Michels, Emily

    The debate over stem cell research has permeated American culture for many decades, and the science to which it relates goes back even further. The legalization of abortion inspired ethical worries about respect for human life and what stem cell research would encourage in the community. By examining the biological and historical background of stem cell research, the ethical and moral trepidations of both the secular and religious worlds, and the effect that personal connections and ethics can have on the policymaking process, this thesis paper attempts to work towards a balance between scientific efficiency and general moral acceptance. Analyzing multiple philosophers and scientists, and Catholicism and Protestantism as a case study of the religious community, I find that a shift in federal funding and support towards alternative stem cell methods is necessary in order to move forward in the most efficient way for our society.