The Effects Of Stem Cell Research On The Lives Of Millions Of People

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In the early 2000’s, a grant was successfully passed for the continuation of research on stem cells. At the time, no one really knew what exactly stem cells were capable of. Even today, the stem cells full potential is unknown by scientists, and further research will hopefully determine what exactly stem cells can do. Many complication have occurred during this process, mainly including whether or not harvesting stem cells is morally correct. What had to be taken into consideration is whether or not the positives outweighed the negatives. The National Research Council, states that “stem cell research has the potential to affect the lives of millions of people” (NRC). Today, new methods of harvesting are being developed that will hopefully change the thoughts of many people who are against stem cell research. One of the main controversies of stem cell research is compromising a life to save another. Currently, gathering stem cells for use and research is most commonly done by using a fertilized egg or umbilical cord. A majority of people see this as a very inhumane way to harvest the stem cells. Pro life members say that life is not to be messed with, even if harvesting stem cells and using them to cure injury and disease is a possibility. Sheldon Krimsky, author of Stem Cell Dialogues, states that “if a person were found responsible for causing a miscarriage, he could be charged a fee for the loss of property” (Krimsky 25). This is a main concern as well when…

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