Modern Prometheus Stem Cell Research

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Stem Cell Research: Has Science Gone too Far? Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is a novel that brings to light the consequences of unrestricted science. Stem cell research, although seen as the be-all and end-all of cures for diseases, suffers the most from unconstrained regulation. With ailing patients searching for a cure to their illness, many seek non-proven medicine to save them from death. However, without regulation and proven effectiveness of stem cell therapies by the FDA and also massive foresight of these treatments, the result of these treatments could harm patients or result in death. One of the many benefits of stem cell treatments is the transplantation of organs created through stem cells. However, important organs are …show more content…
Although having people live potentially 20 or more years longer seems like a good thing, the world simply is not prepared for that. As it is now, overpopulation is a growing concern. The United Nations “forecasts that by 2050, the number of humans on the planet will have grown by a third, from 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion.” The inability to provide care for so many people shows the lack of foresight on many Western nation’s part. Much like overpopulation is an unplanned effect of stem cell researcher, the creature’s conscience was an unplanned effect of creating life. Frankenstein did not expect to have to care for and nurture his creature, his main goal was to create life. If scientists continue focusing on extending and saving many lives, the ill effect of overpopulation looms over their …show more content…
“As I applied so closely, it may be easily conceived that my progress was rapid.” (36) During clinical trials with stem cell therapies, one assumes the risk of potential death. The treatments that some patients receive have not been rigorously tested by the FDA and so medical researchers, doctors and scientists do not know the potential ill effects of their treatments. In Frankenstein, Frankenstein scrambles to create life as quick as possible, he neglects the fact that there are potential unknowns. Without anyone to check on Frankenstein, Frankenstein creates a monster that wreaks havoc on society. Much like Frankenstein, without the FDA to fact check and reproduce results, stem cell therapies inherently run the risk of many potential

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