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Stem Cell Research
Instant Event Idea
Soylent Green Movie Summary:
In the year 2022, the starving masses
depend upon the government-manufactured food item Soylent Green
to exist. But in the midst of a murder investigation, a cop named
Thorn (Charlton Heston) uncovers the chilling source of the product.
Suggested Ethical Questions for Discussion:
1. In the movie, dead bodies were used to keep
starving citizens alive. Compare and contrast this to the use and
sources of stem cells. Of the two combinations soylent green
and starving people, and aborted fetuses and sick people in need
of stem cells which one(s), if either, is/are acceptable?
2. The government in Soylent Green had some control over the manufacturing
of the soylent products, just as the government has some control
over how stem cells are produced. Is it right for the government
to control how scientists conduct their research?
3. Is it acceptable for the government to hide the sources of life-saving
products (soylent/stem cells) if the public reaction would be too
4 . Should there be some sort of public monitoring (somewhat like
Thorn's investigation) of stem cell research to ensure that
it does not occur in ways that the public finds unethical?
5. If so many people have such different opinions of what stem cell
sources are acceptable, how can society as a whole decide which
sources to use?