The Destruction Of Human Embryonic Stem Cell

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Stem cell research is a hot topic in the medical field today. Usually most people, who are not deeply involved with the news in the medical field, have heard of doctors, whether it be in the news/tv or on a social media site, trying to figure out ways to utilize stem cells and create medical advancements when dealing with things such as heart disease. However, there is a lot of debate that comes along with the words stem cell research. The most common way a person may have heard the term "stem cell" being used is when it is involved with Human embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. The controversy involved with Human ESC research is that in order to retrieve those stem cells the destruction of a human embryo must happen. Many people disagree with this practice and see it as unethical because it is potentially killing a developing human. However, there is another way to get stem cells without going to an embryo. To begin, what is a stem cell? If one took a biology course is high school they would learn that a stem cell is a cell in which the function has not been decided yet. They have the ability to reproduce themselves and they have the …show more content…
They believe that the pros are greater than the cons. They also say that these embryos are not yet a fetus. The embryos, at this stage,are made up of a group of cells called blastocyst. they are about the size of a needle head and each one contains information that could potentially develop into a fetus. The embryos, at this stage, are most commonly rejected by the woman’s womb, know as miscarriage, because the blastocyst in the embryo contain “chromosomal errors” or the implantation in the womb goes wrong. If these embryos are not really a fetus yet then “. . . religious or moral objections to the use of these cell clusters for scientific research become mute” (Lee, Griswold

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