What are the conflicts to bioethics principles?

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Each culture differs from the other cultures in the way it reacts with the new scientific discoveries and inventions, depending on it’s own values and beliefs. Some people think of embryo research as a solution to many medical diseases, and that’s true for the patients’ benefit. However, what about the fate of the embryos which the doctor used for research and then got rid of after? Sometimes doctors or patients’ families consider hiding the health information from the patient as an acceptable option for the patients’ own interest to avoid emotional harm. Although, what about the patients’ right to know their health conditions? There are many conflicts to bioethics principles, but discarding the embryos and hiding health information from the patient are two important moral issues. Even though embryo research can treat medical diseases, discarding infected or unused embryos raises ethical dilemmas. Discarding embryos, freezing them and allowing them to die are against the bioethics beneficence principle, which means act in a way so that the results are the best and the least harm(p. 202). In the case study 1 ”Controversial Transplant a Success,” Steve Karnowski writes about the case of a 6 year old girl, Molly, who suffered from a genetic disorder that is seldom seen, called Fanconi anemia, which interrupts the body from manufacturing bone marrow and that would lead to her death. In order to solve that problem, her parents thought about the embryos research and decided to pursue that option. After that decision, the doctor fertilized 12 eggs from Lisa, Molly’s mother, and tested 10 of the embryos, froze eight of them, and discarded one embryo that tested positive for the disease. Then, the doctor selected one of the embryos, who they named Adam and who was genetically

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