New Stem Cell Research Raises Question: Is Living Longer Moral?


University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan weighs in with a good column on the new scientific report of producing human stem cells from somatic cells. Caplan notes that the therapeutic promise of the research for increasing human longevity brings forward

"one of the key bioethical debates of the 21st century: Is it right to repair ourselves if it means that we live much longer than any human being has ever lived?"

The answer is easy: Yes. A long healthy life is a moral good. More life is better.  

Whole Caplan column here.