Dead Poets Society Analysis

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Stem cell research. Every time this topic comes up it stirs up tons of debates on morality. Their are many arguments against it. Some reason against it with ethics, some with legalities, and others with religion. I believe that most of these arguments have little to none merit in any extent. But first lets look at what stem cell research actually is because one of the biggest factors in the controversy of this issue is ignorance of the subject matter. Stem cells are a type of cell that have the potential to become any type of cell. Essentially a blank slate that can be made into a blood cell, a bone cell, a muscle cell, or even a nerve cell. The idea behind stem cell research is to find a way to use these cells to repair damaged tissues in the human body. Ultimately proponents of this research hope that it can be used to grow amputees new limbs, repair nervous systems of paralyzed patients, fixing the skin of burn victims, or even grow organs for transplants. Doesn't sound all that bad does it? The controversy comes in through the method of harvesting these stem cells for use. Stem cells can be retrieved in from a number of sources including bone marrow, umbilical cords, and even blood. The problem surrounds the harvesting of embryonic stem cells which requires a human embryo. The way embryonic stem cells are made is that through invitro-fertilization. The embryos are NOT recovered from women's bodies contrary to popular belief. They are in fact made in petri dishes with sperm and eggs that have been donated to research. This is where the religious controversy starts. The problem is that the Catholic religion feels that as soon as the sperm and egg fuse that the fertilized egg is a new life. And in being so it is murder to harvest it for stem cell research. But at that stage the embryo doesn't even have a heartbeat, much less any form of brain activity.
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