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FAQs: Appendix D


Why am I asked to provide scientific justification for generating human embryos from hESC or hESC-like lines? The cells came from human embryos of human tissue originally.
Creating embryos specifically for research purposes raises many ethical concerns with the public. In addition, such embryos must also be destroyed by day 12 of development. Some would argue that scientists are playing God, creating a life only to destroy it.