Since Skin Cells Have Human DNA, Would Killing Them Be Murder?

Since Skin Cells Have Human DNA, Would Killing Them Be Murder?

Since Skin Cells Have Human DNA, Would Killing Them Be Murder?

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Greg Koukl and Amy Hall answer a listener’s question: “If a human being begins at fertilization, and killing an embryo would be murder, then when I scratch my skin and kill human skin cells (which have human DNA and might develop into full human beings through cloning), is that also murder?”

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9 thoughts on “Since Skin Cells Have Human DNA, Would Killing Them Be Murder?

  1. Karles McQuade

    If a pregnant person has sex, does that action constitute sexual misconduct with a minor?

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  2. Nushia

    Who cares? Abortion is just simply killing an unborn baby, period, no need to sugar coat it, because that is what it is. It is what it is.

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  3. Karles McQuade

    If a pregnant person gets drunk, is that contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  4. Karles McQuade

    Can a pregnant woman travel alone in the carpool lane?

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  5. Karles McQuade

    Does a pregnant woman need two passports to travel out of the U.S.?

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  6. Karles McQuade

    If abortion is tantamount to murder, then is miscarriage tantamount to manslaughter?

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  7. daffidavit

    A "skin cell" is not a person. Skin cells die on their own by the millions or billions every day. A "zygote" is a person, it has a body and a soul. The human being becomes a "person" at the instant of conception and the body and soul are perfectly formed and united at that instant. The only difference between a "fetus" (latin for little one) or a zygote is —time.

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  8. hwd71

    What about the atheist challenge that because ones body is made up of 40% bacteria, therefore nearly half of our body isn't human?

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply
  9. beck c.

    The zygote cell can't be compared to a skin cell. Skin cells are not totipotent and cannot ever develop further specialization, because they're already specialized cells of an already existing pluricellular organism. Cloning is a complicated process that still need an egg cell to be carried out. It doesn't naturally happen. On its own, a skin cell will never become a human, because it simply isn't a human. But a zygote on the other hand is in fact a human, just not fully developed yet.

    March 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply

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