After President Bush limited embryonic stem research government funds, many labs were forced to seek private funding to continue research. In March 2009 President Barack Obama lifted the federal funding ban for embryonic stem cell research, so the government could give financial support to federal and state agencies to continue embryonic stem cell research. President Obama spoke on the issue in 2009: "Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident. They result from painstaking and costly research, from years of lonely trial and error, much of which never bears fruit, and from a government willing to support that work...Ultimately, I cannot guarantee that we will find the treatments and cures we seek. No President can promise that.
The History of Cystic Fibrosis What is cystic fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis is caused by a mutated gene. A person diagnosed with cystic fibrosis inherits two mutated cf genes, one from each parent. Everyone who has cystic fibrosis was born with it. After birth cystic fibrosis cannot be developed nor can it be contagious.
The focus is not on what formed the first multicellular organisms, instead on how they evolved after they were formed. Evolutionists will never know how the first organisms of the Earth were formed, but in today’s age we have the technology and the resources to figure out how we adapt and evolve. Creationism is the belief that all life, earth, and the universe were created by a super-natural god. Some creationists are also called “advocates of creation.” The controversy over creationist and evolutionist developed more firmly, the creationist started using the term “anti- evolutionist.” Within the United States of America, Christian beliefs were the first associated with creationism. Many creationists will not take the time to hear the research of the evolutionist.
There is a lot of controversy over the uses of PGD, and it has been banned in several countries because some people believe it is unethical and “playing god.” PGD does not genetically alter embryos in any way. It simply tests the embryos for a genetic disease and then with the results, a healthy embryo is implanted and the rest are donated to research, or destroyed. In no way is it creating or changing anyone. The healthy embryo that is implanted is still one of the parent’s children. The parents simply chose not to develop their other unhealthy embryos.
Intelligent Design vs. Evolution A decades-long conversation about the origins of the world has escalated into a roaring debate about how science should be taught in public schools. Should evolution be taught alone in science classes, or should it be accompanied by alternate theories such as “intelligent design,” the belief that the Earth and its life forms were guided in their development by some unidentified higher intelligence? (GOD) Based upon me being a Christian, I believe that the theory of life origin was created and designed by God. The world around us that we see every day is probably best evidence and proof that God created the universe. The creation of the world was a miracle and cannot be explained by scientist.
The high number of multiple births and the increase of some health issues are forcing society to examine the ethical issues that are caused by fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization. Do we as humans have the right to alter God’s creations? Are we only asking for more problems, not only for us but for all of the children in future generations? Fertility issues can happen to both men and women; however, we tend to see it more in women mostly because they are waiting until later in life to begin families. There have been many studies done linking fertility treatments to some cancers in both the mothers and children and even autism in some of the children born via fertility treatments.
Christina Ortiz Professor DeBellis Foundations of Psychology 12/7/11 Psychological Effects of Same Sex Orientation in the Military Since the wildly debated policy otherwise known as the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was made into law in 1993, the controversy over the role of gays in the military has been heavily disputed amongst Congress in its following years. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” restricts the military’s ability to question members about their sexual preference hence “Don’t ask”, and allows homosexual, gay, and transgender individuals to serve provided they do no openly discuss their sexual orientation and abstain from any homosexual activities (“Don’t Tell”). Since 1993, 12,500 gay men and lesbians have been discharged from the military when their sexual orientation became evident whether on their own account or from a third party. In an article published in September of this year by the New York Times entitled ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, the Senate along with the House voted to repeal the policy, sending the stipulation to President Obama, who signed into law on December 22nd, 2010. The policy was first endorsed after former president Bill Clinton had unsuccessfully tried to overturn a current ban on gay military members.
Of the opponents, a common focal point of concern is the lack of regulation and clear guidelines in the United States on genetic modification. Most other countries in the world have developed policies and regulations that allow for genetic manipulation when used to help, prevent, or cure disease. Most of the other countries prohibit genetic engineering for the sole purpose of attempting to create a child with enhanced physical qualities. Many fear that, as advancements continue, the concept of creating a new class of children will be heavily marketed to potential parents. This also raises a concern that not every parent will have equal access to such advanced technologies due to costs.
Seemingly there is no push from the President or Congress to take steps in ending the ban. President Bill Clinton tried to overturn the ban on gays in the military but was unsuccessful. Instead there was a policy set into place in 1993 called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. While this policy would prove to be a compromise, it brought about its own set of problems. In the past five or six years there has been a shift in the mindset of how gays are viewed in the military.
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.