Controversy Surrounding Federal Funding Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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The use of embryonic stem cells for research has been a major controversy for many years, especially concerning the ethical aspect of the issue. However, when looking into the mechanics of stem cell research, one should also take time to disregard the ethical aspect and focus on whether or not the use of embryonic stem cells is financially beneficial. If the issue is looked at through an economic lens, it is clear that embryonic stem cell research should not be continued for three main reasons. One, even if the cures made from embryonic stem cells could function properly, researchers are not receiving enough funding to make it effective; the money would be better spent on other research. Two, there is a large amount of controversy surrounding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, thus resulting in additional funding problems, and three, adult stem cells are much cheaper to obtain and use than embryonic stem cells, and a significant amount of benefits can come from that type of stem cell research as well. Because of the high cost of embryonic stem cell research, scientists working on this project are in need of a large amount of funding. One company, Geron Corp., was furthering research using embryonic stem cells to attempt to reverse spinal cord damage. However, they were forced to discontinue this experiment and instead focus on curing other diseases and ailments due to the lack of adequate funds for the process (Brown). This abrupt discontinuation of the…

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