aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Morality in a test tube

Being able to recreate life in a test tube seems like it might solve the dilemma between those who want scientists to be able to experiment with stems cells, and those who think using embroyos for that purpose is immoral.

Now PETA has announced a $1 million prize to the “first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of in vitro meat at competitive prices by 2012.”

An article in the New York Times said the idea is nearly causing a civil war within the organization. Some people feel that no one should eat meat, even if it comes from a test tube and no animal has been killed to create it.

What an odd dilemma! I wonder how they feel about people eating soy based products that have been aggressively manipulated to look and taste like meat. Is that wrong, too?

My kid is a vegetarian both on ethical grounds and because kid doesn’t like the taste of meat. So I guess even if someone succeeds, it won’t matter to kid.

Read more here.

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