Embryonic Stem Cell Argumentative Essay

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Consider if you have ever known someone who died or lives have been negatively influenced by a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, any of the hundreds of rare immune system or genetic disorders. All of the following, upon many more, are believed by scientists to one day find a cure through embryonic stem cells. Many though, see the situation as scientists playing God, which is frowned upon by many pro-life activists. What one may see as the killing of a soul is in fact the scientific technology of the future. Stem cell research has not been able to reach its full potential however, since President Bush’s decision to ban embryonic stem cells for therapeutic use…show more content…
When cells replicate themselves many times over it is called proliferation. A starting population of stem cells that proliferates for many months in the laboratory can yield millions of cells. If the resulting cells continue to be unspecialized, like the parent stem cells, the cells are said to be capable of long-term self-renewal” (Stem Cell Information). With this special quality stem cells taken from a single embryo can duplicate, making them more abundant and use worthy. Scientists are looking more into this characteristic, trying to understand the signals that cause a stem cell population to proliferate. The use of these stem cells taken from one embryo could virtually save multiple people carrying disease. Also, we could limit the number of embryos truly needed, having this multiplying power. The many of millions living with an incurable disease live a depressed life, knowing their disease will someday end their life. No one should live like that and those people should be considered when talking of stem cells as a form of therapy. Stem cells can give hope to those depressed individuals. According to an article on stem…show more content…
As the AAAS Center for Science reports, “The use of stem cells in medicine could amount to astronomical medical advances, and as the research along with the controversy surges on, we are guaranteed to see breakthroughs making headlines and the issue swaying elections in the future” (Stem Cell Research). The power of applying these cells to cure many is known, but with a complete knowledge of them, scientists believe even more good will come from these precious cells. When voting in the upcoming November election, one should consider what candidate is supporting the funding to research this development and who wants to see the end of these life taking diseases. Stem cells are not receiving the funding they need in order to become the most effective and efficient. In order or stem cells to be put into play, if legal, they need to be reproducibly made to: proliferate and generate sufficient quantities of tissue, differentiate into the desired cell types, survive in the recipient after the transplant, integrate into the surrounding tissue after transplant, function approximately for the duration of the recipient’s life, and avoid harming the recipient in any way. By those standards, stem cells will thrive in our society and the future to
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