Essay Federal Funding For Embryonic Stem Cell Research

1746 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Back in 1996, the government passed Dickey-Wicker Amendment to forbid the use of the tax payer money to create embryos sole for scientific studies or for any research that requires the destruction of the embryos. In 2001, former President, George W. Bush, restricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research because the process of retrieving embryonic stem cells is by the destruction of an embryo (Edmonds). Bush believed that destroying the embryo was devaluing human life. The restriction of fundings towards embryonic stem cell research put almost a stop to many companies that were doing such research with embryos. But in between the time of 2001 to 2009 many universities and private companies used their own fundings conducting research on what embryonic stem cells can really do to help regenerate cells in the body. In 2009, President Barack Obama removed the ban on government funding for embryonic stem cell research. Although with the money universities and companies working to find achievement biomedicine, Obama’s lift on Bush’s ban came almost a little too late. Many scientists have already come up with many finding with experiments and research. But with the ban lifted this gives scientists more leeway in the long path of biomedicine. Stem cell research has great potential in the world of medical recovery that can help cells regenerate organs, cure diseases, and save many lives. There are two types of stem cells: embryonic, which come from embryos, and somatic…

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