Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Pros and Cons
In the case stem cell research there are many different views towards the potential benifets that come with it.
They offer much hope for medical advancement because of their ability to grow into almost any kind of cell.
With these cells, which are taken directly from an embryo, advances can be made in the research of the aging process,
cancer, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and schizpophrenia. They contain information on every cell
in the body and they can be manipulated in nearly any way possible. Embryonic stem cells also have the ability to regenerate,
opening up even more possibilities including organ and limb replacement as well as cloning. I personally belive that we, as the
human race, could gain greatly from this opportunity.
However, as it goes with any discussion, there are some who do not see this research as such a good thing,
The stem cell controversy comes from the argument over whether or not life begins at conception. Those who see it that way beleive that using embryonic cells for research is murder. The embryo that is used for research must be destroyed in order for the research to commence. There is another form of controversy about the use of federal funding to support embryonic stell cell research. In 2001, President George W. Bush banned fedearl funds for stem cell research and later allowed very limited funding. In 2009, President Barak Obama lifted the ban on federal funding, stating that the government had "forced a false choice between sound science and moral values."
Everyone has a their own veiws on this subject and I honestly believe that this argument will continue for many years to come. In my opinion I think we should continue in favor of embryonic stem cell research for the overall good for the human race.
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