Stem Cell Research Arguments

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In November 1998, two separate teams of American scientists reported that they had succeeded in isolating and culturing stem cells collected from human embryos and fetuses as stated in the article titled “The Intersection of Law and Medicine: The Case for Providing Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research”. A stem cell is defined by the medical world as an undifferentiated cell of a multicellular organism that is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cell arise by differentiation. Many researchers and doctors, such as Doctor Harold Varmus believe that the introduction of healthy stem cells into a patient may restore lost or compromised function; because many diseases …show more content…
Riots began to surround some of the research buildings being used to culture the cells. Hundreds of people were outside of the buildings holding signs stating, “Save the embryos, they feel too!” This riot was mainly lead by Pro Life Research activists. Meaning that the people were all for pro-life in the highly controversial abortion topic. Abortion is quite similar to the controversy over stem cell research, it all comes back to when does human life begin? Many people are at polar ends of the spectrum of this debate. Many people are pro-life and do not support the murder of a human embryo for research. Much of this belief is based on the definition of a human embryo. Recent scientific advances in human stem cell research have redefined the human embryo by stating that it does in fact show all signs of life but not necessarily individualism; meaning self-reliant. These further advances have helped to form a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to fund stem cell research which is dependent upon the destruction of human …show more content…
Which means that if scientists can re-focus this differentiation, a blood stem cell for instance could be used as a replacement for heart or nervous system tissues.(ExploreStemCells.org) Also it has been found through basic research that the embryonic stem cells can be cultivated for at least 15 years. In therapeutic use, Parkinson’s disease can now be cured by implanting human embryonic stem cells into the patient’s brain. (StemCellResearch.org) Alzheimer’s can also be cured or halted by using the stem cells in the brain.
In recent social framework successes of the public debate about the ethical aspects of embryonic stem cell research has led to amplified funding of adult stem cell research. Over the last several years stem cell research has become legal to practice in all 50 states in America. Although, the debate still arises all around the world. Which is more important, The United States traditional protection of human life and human rights, or the great number of possible lives saved through stem cell

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