Embryonic Stem Cells Pros And Cons

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The use of embryonic stem cells is an area of debate for those in the medical field, and those who are involved in making sure that practices and treatments are still ethical. These bioethical professionals question whether medical science has gone too far. Using an embryos’ stem cells has brought both positive and negative feedback. Those who believe the practice to be unethical say, “The primary argument against such research is that an embryo that could have implanted in a woman 's uterus and gone on to produce a baby is alive, has the moral status of a person and thus should not be destroyed, no matter how great the human benefit” (Harvard Commentary). What if this embryo’s life had already been taken due to an unrelated cause such as …show more content…
This technique is basically cloning one’s own cells to regrow a failing organ. First, an unfertilized egg is removed from patient and it fertilized with, instead of sperm, the nucleus of another of the same persons’ cells. Now that the egg has been fertilized with only the woman’s genes, it multiplies and the embryonic cells can be extracted. Capable of growing into any cell needed, the stem cell now can be used to heal any of the body’s organs that are desired by the doctor. A women with a failing kidney could have this simple treatment instead of being put on a waiting list for an organ transplant, and keep her from having to be on dialysis. Since the stem cells are from the same body, the patient would not have to worry about possible rejection of the new …show more content…
Even if one is not diagnosed, it can still have indirect affects through a friend or family member. This disorder has proven difficult to treat since doctors are unable to find what the cause of it is. Stem cells could be used to deliver medicine in order to aid doctors in gathering more information of Autism. This could lead to finding the cause of Autism. Using stem cells to regrow damaged organs or tissue proves to be difficult as well. With researchers knowing little about what might cure the neurological illness, there are many tests being conducted for Autism. One study in particular was started in California at the Sutter Neuroscience Institute in 2012. Head over the study is Dr. Michael Chez. Some of the children who volunteered were given umbilical stem cells, which were stored frozen immediately after birth. The other volunteers were given a placebo. The hope is that the umbilical stem cells will heal the children’s immune system. The immune system is affected by Autism, and it is possibly the cause of the illness itself. The trial is still ongoing with results not yet

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