The Pros And Cons Of Stem Cell Research

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Register to read the introduction… In May of 2009, President Obama issued an Executive Order permitting the use of embryonic stem cells derived from embryos that were created for fertility treatments but not used. The order stressed that the researchers must have informed consent to use the embryos and left the details up to the NIH. The only restriction that was left was using stem cells that were derived from cloning human embryos. There is not yet a ban on human reproductive cloning, and the President has asked the Congress to start the process to put the official bans federally on all cloning processes. (USA Today, 2009) This ban and the new regulations for stem cell research are definitely more in line with the global view and …show more content…
In a decision in 2008, their Bundestag decided to remain competitive they had to move the cutoff date to May 2007 allowing access to many other lines of cells. However, in Japan, in the early years after the initial isolation, there was a very supportive government effort to keep at the head of the class in stem cell research. They saw the benefits associated with keeping their scientific edge and being able to use the medical advances to help their citizens. This view was very much in line with the United Kingdom’s. In fact when Japan began to build new research facilities The UK began to seek out a partnership to gain the same advantage that Japan was looking for. (UK Dept of Health, …show more content…
I feel as though for the past decade America has been held back, playing it safe and being on the sidelines. We need to be an active member of the global community and not just in wars. I was impressed to learn of the Stem Cell Sciences Company that has centers in UK, Australia, and Japan in Kobe. I feel that America should also be collaborating with these countries that are using this amazing time to keep themselves moving forward. With each new discovery, we come closer to amazing possibilities in new treatments and even cures for diseases. I completely agree with President Obama’s decision to allow researchers to use fertilized eggs that would otherwise not be used. There is no reason if the couples that are using the fertility treatments decide they would like to donate their eggs than they should be able to. It is much like any other consenting donation an adult might make, such as organ donors, blood donors, or even sperm donors. I also agree that cloning is not the way to reproduce cells for this type of research. I believe that all cloning should be illegal; it is very unnecessary and ethically wrong. So, in conclusion I feel that our country is finally on the right track. The government should continue down the path they are on and maybe even help build some state of the art research facilities to make more

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