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Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Good Ends do NOT Justify Immoral Means - Few advances in modern science have generated as much excitement and public debate as the discovery of human embryonic stem cells (hESC). The debate over the use of embryonic stem cells in research has polarized the global community along the lines of those who argue that such research holds the promise of medical breakthroughs for many currently incurable diseases and ailments, while opponents condemn such research as it involves the destruction of a potential human life and is seen as humanity “playing God”....   [tags: Legal Issues, Modern Science]
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A New Paradigm in Medical Technology - Modern medicine has made a remarkable impact on people’s health across the globe. The treatments that scientists have discovered are astounding, without a doubt. Despite all of these amazing discoveries, many of these innovations are, in fact, treatments, and not cures (O’Brien para 5). Now, why is this a predicament. Imagine waking up every day and enduring grueling treatments for blindness, hearing-loss, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, or any other known incurable disease; Modern medicine is beginning to limit itself to treating diseases or illnesses temporarily, rather than eliminating them completely (O’Brien para 4; Durant 192)....   [tags: modern medicine, genetics]
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research: The Pandora’s Box of Science - There has been controversy surrounding science ever since the first scientific journal was published in 1665. Most people have an opinion on hot-button scientific topics today, such as climate change and Darwinian evolution. Technology and science will forever be connected, and scientific technology has changed countless lives, evolving exponentially throughout the history of time. The average life expectancy has more than doubled from thirty three years old in the Upper Paleolithic Era to sixty seven years old today....   [tags: cells, technology, genetics, ethics]
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Media Bias Towards Science - The natural sciences is a world the general public will either dive into head first to exploit research out of fear and ignorance or to coexist with and celebrate recent advancements and discoveries. Whether or not the public stands and cheers or sulks and cries is entirely dependent on the accessibility of information and data that is available for public discretion and evaluation. People remain ignorant about many scientific advances that have paved the path for potential scientific solutions in major areas including cancer research, prenatal health, pediatric medicine, and genetics....   [tags: Stem Cell Researcjh] 2167 words
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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking - Umbilical cord blood banking has been a new topic for the media and public. Science has shown there are copious benefits and a few drawbacks with the use of cord blood. One of these drawbacks is the cost of cord blood banking. If insurance companies were to be mandated to cover cord blood banking, then more people could reap in the benefits of having cord blood stored. Umbilical cord blood was formerly believed of as a waste product. Now it is known that cord blood has two types of stem cells which offer multiple treatment possibilities (Waller-Wise, 2011)....   [tags: stem cell reproduction industry]
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Stem Cell Research: The Case of Roe vs. Wade in 1973 - Stem cell research has always been a widely debated topic in 'social and political forums' ever since the case of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. In that case the Supreme Court gave women the right to have an abortion whether or not they have a medical reason to. Whereas beforehand 'they needed a medical reason'. This "sparked controversy" over stem cell research with aborted fetuses. For many of those in favor of using fetal tissue for research it has too much "potential" in the future of medicine in terms of providing cures for diseases and ""....   [tags: human research, fetus, rights] 1084 words
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Catholic Social Justice Essay: Embryonic Stem Cell Research - As Christians we are instilled with the belief that all life is sacred from the moment of conception. But what if science could develop a cure for degenerative diseases using research which contradicts the firm beliefs of the Catholic Church. Could you trade your beliefs for a cure. The research into stem cells is proposing this very solution to modern day society. As technology gets more advanced we are constantly gathering more and more information about the science of human life. With this in mind however, who gets to decide when the cost of breaching human rights and decency out weighs the benefits....   [tags: Religion Science Research]
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In Vitro Model of Human Amniotic Stem Cell Differentiation to Smooth Muscle Cells - Introduction The mechanism of the differentiation of stem cells (SCs) into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is not yet fully understood, although recent research in this area has made significant strides. In previous studies, human embryonic mesenchymal stem cells (hEMSCs) were shown to differentiate by induction with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-Β) through Smad and serum response factor (SRF), p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK), and PI3k Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3k).3 Human amniotic stem cell derived smooth muscle cells do not show continuous differentiation and are functionally different as compared to embryonically derived cells.2 This may be influenced by differe...   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine]
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Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Genome or Stem Cell Research - Ethical, Legal, and social Issues in Genome or Stem Cell Research We as humans have always wanted to know about the ability and limitations we have. We are always trying to find new information and discover new accomplishments. We attempt these challenges with emotions and tenacity. People have always been in a race with each other to be the first to discover secrets about new ideas. For example: A large amount of money went into sending people into space. Countries were racing to be the first to send someone into space and also be the first to land on the moon....   [tags: Medical Ethics ]
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Embryonic Stem Cells Should NOT Be Used for Cloning - Cloning has been an ethical and moral issue since the idea was first developed. There are many uses for investigating into this technology and many diseases that can be cured once the technology is understood. However, many of the methods in which the technology is developed and many of the uses of the technology destroy lives and only do harm. Much good can come from cloning and stem cell research, but we must be careful as to how we use this powerful technology. A stem cell is an unspecified cell that can regenerate itself and also turn into more specific types of cells that do more specific functions in the body (skin cells and blood cells for example)....   [tags: Cloning Ethic Moral Argument, stem cell research]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Should stem cell research be allowed. Stem cell research has been a major biological breakthrough in recent years. It has great potential to help people and ease suffering. But there is also a moral question raised about stem cell research, and that comes from the source of stem cells. Ever since Stem Cell research started, there has been much debate over whether or not it should be allowed. Some people are completely against stem cell research because the stem cells are often taken from aborted pregnancies, they consider it murder....   [tags: Papers Essays Science] 1034 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stem cells are the newest "hot" topic in biological research. Very few other ongoing areas of research have been the focus of numerous articles, Presidential and Congressional scrutiny, and numerous ethical debates played out in the national media. This ongoing focus on stem cells is due in part to their amazing potential and in part to the controversial nature of one type of stem cell—the embryonic stem cell. The key question that is being dealt with is the issue of Federal funding for research with embryonic stem cells; the underlying issues of this simple question cause strong opinions and necessitate serious ethical considerations....   [tags: Research Papers Science Papers]
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The Debate Concerning Embryonic Stem Cell Research - One of the most heated political battles in the United States in recent years has been over the morality of embryonic stem cell research. The embryonic stem cell debate has polarized the country into those who argue that such research holds promises of ending a great deal of human suffering and others who condemn such research as involving the abortion of a potential human life. If any answer to the ethical debate surrounding this particular aspect of stem cell research exists, it is a hazy one at best....   [tags: Ethical Questions 2014]
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Stem Cell Research: The Debate Over Federal Funding - Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Pro-Federal Funding The Alliance for Aging Research is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. As an agency geared toward improving the health of human beings as they age, some of their responsibilities include lobbying for federal legislation, conducting studies and surveys, and creating and distributing educational materials to health care professionals and the public. With Baby Boomers closely reaching the later stages of life, this group has found themselves focused primarily on research programs for the geriatric....   [tags: Current Events] 915 words
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It's Science vs. Politics in Stem Cell Research - The Patients' Coalition for Urgent Research (CURe), a consortium of three dozen national nonprofit patient organizations, reports that over 100 million Americans suffer from illnesses, some of them terminal, which may be treated by medical advancements in the area of stem cell research (1). The list of ailments includes cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, and birth defects. While scientists continue to look for treatments and cures for these diseases through new medicine, innovative surgical techniques, and gene therapy, perhaps the most promising research is being encoun...   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essay Examples]
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The Religious Battle behind Stem Cell Research - The Religious Battle behind Stem Cell Research Abstract: Religion has played a key part in the battle for embryonic rights. Pope John Paul II has spoken out against stem cell research; however, Buddhist leaders and the Episcopal Church have taken a stand for stem cell research. Different religions have different opinions about stem cell research. However the controversy can never really be solved because it is so hard to define the line of morality when talking about stem cells and embryos. Stem cell research has been a hot topic for debates all over the country....   [tags: Medicine Religion Embryonic Embryo]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - The Moral Debate over Stem Cell Research President George W. Bush looked stern and confident as he addressed the American people on August 9th, 2001. It was an historic day for the 43rd president, as he explained the debate surrounding embryonic stem cell research, including its possible benefits for science but also its problems surrounding morals and ethics. “The issue is debated within the church, with people of different faiths, even many of the same faith coming to different conclusions,” Bush said....   [tags: Science Genetics Papers] 2354 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research CHRISOPHER REEVE-'don't let his death be in vain' The actor Christopher Reeve has died of heart failure in hospital in New York on Sunday, at the age of 52. Reeve was one of the most famous supporters of stem cell research. Most of will not have even heard of stem cell research until Reeve began to champion its cause. Not only did Reeves battle paralysis but also the Bush administration which, he believed, had "dropped the ball" on stem-cell research - a form of technology, which could one day provide a cure for people with spinal injuries, like Reeve's What is a stem cell....   [tags: Papers] 651 words
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Embryonic Stem-cell Research - A True Faustian Bargain - Embryonic Stem-cell Research - A True Faustian Bargain       In the debate over whether the federal government should fund embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR), our country is being offered a true Faustian bargain. In return for a hoped-for potential - it is no more than that - of deriving desperately desired medical breakthroughs in the treatment of such afflictions as Parkinson's disease, paraplegia, and diabetes, we are being asked to give the nation's imprimatur to reducing human life into a mere natural resource to be exploited and commodified....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Government should NOT Fund Stem Cell Research - The Government should NOT Fund Stem Cell Research Stem cells look to be nothing more than a hollow sphere composed of a clump of tiny, roundish balls. In reality, they are much more than that. Those 40 cells contain all the potential to become a living, breathing human being. Many scientists believe that these cells also have the potential to cure a myriad of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and many others. The cells of the four day old human embryo can be programmed to become virtually any cell in the body making them a very valuable commodity....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Extraordinary advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases is believed, by many experts, to lie behind the curtain of stem cell research. Very few other areas of research have received this much attention from the media, political leaders and various groups and organizations from around the nation. The responsiveness to this issue has been incredible because of the potential of these studies as well as the most controversial aspect of the research; the embryonic stem cell....   [tags: Essays Papers Biology Science]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cells Few scientific issues in recent years have managed to draw as much attention, both scientific and otherwise, than stem cell research. I was first introduced to the term ‘stem cells’ when I was in high school, and since then, I have had a keen interest in the direction science is taking them. When considering medical research as a whole, stem cells appear to have the makings of a 21st century medical revolution a la discovery of antibiotics . The open-ended nature of stems cells has been recognized by many in the community who see these cells as the golden key for curing and ameliorating many degenerative diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease, as well as acci...   [tags: Research Papers Science Biology Essays] 1461 words
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Stem Cell Research and a Ban on Human Cloning - Stem Cell Research and a Ban on Human Cloning   Some biotechnology companies claim that a ban on producing human embryos through cloning would stall important research in generating "stem cells" to cure a variety of diseases [Cong. Record, 2/5/98, S425]. To put this claim in perspective:   1. Cloning is desired as a source of "customized stem cell lines" which would be an exact genetic match to each individual patient with a given disease. But this would require each individual patient to undergo somatic cell nuclear transfer to produce one or many living human embryos who genetically are the patient's identical twin sisters or brothers....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1465 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research      The topic of stem cell research does not affect me so much at the moment. It might in the future, but for now it does not. I do believe that stem cell research should be used for cloning organs that will be used for organ transplants. I do not however think that parents should place the doctors on pedestals just because these “mad scientists” supposedly have the power of God.      The topic of heated debate does intrigue me, but not to the point as to where I would make a career of it....   [tags: essays research papers]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research - Embryonic Stem Cell Use Controversial Despite the strong consensus in America against creating embryos to destroy them, those actually involved in embryo research no longer see any serious ethical problem in it. Now the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) says that ASRM's ethical guidelines permit the creation of human embryos to destroy them. Some even argue that such research is morally superior to the use of "spare" embryos, because the egg and sperm donors understand from the beginning what the embryos will be used for....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Lab Creates Human Embryos for Stem Cell Research - Lab Creates Human Embryos for Stem Cell Research NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Scientists at Eastern Virginia Medical School have created human embryos from donated eggs and sperm for the sole purpose of harvesting embryonic stem cells for research, according to a study published Wednesday. Until now, researchers had derived embryonic stem cells from embryos left over from infertility treatments. Other researchers have derived adult stem cells from sources such as fat cells and bone marrow, although scientists say these types of stem cells are not as useful as embryonic stem cells....   [tags: Papers] 455 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem cells show potential for many different areas of health and medical research, and studying them can help us understand how they transform into the dazzling array of specialized cells that make us what we are. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are caused by problems that occur somewhere in this process. A better understanding of normal cell development will allow us to understand and perhaps correct the errors that cause these medical conditions....   [tags: essays research papers] 1010 words
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The Complex Moral Issue of Stem Cell Research - The Complex Moral Issue of Stem Cell Research Works Cited Missing For Sale: One small miracle in a bassinet. Will cure AIDS, cancer, acne, possibly bad breath and athletes foot. Limited supply only, so call and reserve your miracle cure now, a.k.a. Human Fetus. Only a couple of years ago the ad above would have seemed like something from a science fiction novel. However, now the pages of that novel are coming to life. In 1998, James Thompson, a biology student from the University of Wisconsin, isolated the first embryonic stem cell....   [tags: Biology Biological Essays] 1159 words
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Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research Myth: "Human life begins in the womb, not the Petri dish" Reality: Actually, it usually begins in the fallopian tube, but it can also begin in a Petri dish. The testimony of modern science is clear on this point: "At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun." Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 987 words
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Stem Cell Research is Illegal, Immoral and Unnecessary - Stem Cell Research is Illegal, Immoral and Unnecessary   President Bush's limited federal funding of research relying on the destruction of human embryos violates federal statutory law. Christians have grieved for many years over the assault on unborn human life set loose upon our nation by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Even that decision, however, did not affect all areas of law where lawmakers seek to protect developing human life. Because they are not covered by the Court's theory of reproductive privacy, human embryos outside the womb may be fully protected by law - and at least nine states have acted to protect these embryos from lethal experiments....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - For some people it's an experience, for some people it's a person, and for some people it's a cause, but whatever the reason is, people become opinionated on issues that they believe to be right. In June of 2007, about two weeks after the seniors graduated from High School, my eighteen year old sister was diagnosed with a very rare form of cervical cancer called clear cell carsinoma. Throughout my whole life, I never thought that anything tragic could happen to my family, those kind of things only happened to people in movies or people whom you see on the news....   [tags: Biology Medical Biomedical] 1911 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cells Abstract There are now other means of extracting stem cells rather than aborting fetuses. Scientists have discovered alternative means; such as certain unspecialized cells found in bone marrow, as well as umbilical cord blood and rare but unique skin cells. As we take advantage of these findings, we not only partially solve the ongoing controversy, but also broaden our knowledge of the spectrum of stem cells as well. The extraction of stem cells may cure many diseases, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s....   [tags: Medicine]
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Stem Cell Research – Developing a Cross between Species - Ethics of Stem Cell Research – Developing a Cross between Species The idea of a chimera, a cross between species, has been around since the mythological creatures of ancient Greece, such as the centaur (a man’s torso with a horses body) and the griffin (the wings, head, and claws of an eagle and the body of a lion). Today, due to our advances in biotechnology, we are seeing this mythology become a reality, but in a different respect. Human-nonhuman animal chimeras are being developed by injecting animal blastocysts with human embryonic stem cells....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Manipulation: Transgenic Animals - ... It is then implanted into the uterus of the foster mother. For both methods, the foster mother, after several weeks will give birth with the offspring, creating a new individual with the gene desired. Advantages Transgenic Animals have a numerous amount of advantages and have benefited our society in the past few years both economically and medically. The most beneficial advantages of Transgenic Animals are that they produce better quality meat, milk, nutrition and wool, by doing this, they are indeed helping us economically as the better quality they are, the more expensive it will be, leading to people purchasing them....   [tags: dna, technology, embryonic stem cell] 734 words
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Changing Attitudes Toward Stem Cell Research - Changing Attitudes Toward Stem Cell Research        There have been new disappointments in embryonic stem cell research since the days of euphoric endorsement of "therapeutic cloning" by the media and biotechnologists. In the past two years, initial enthusiasm over embryonic stem cells has been dampened in the scientific community by some sober realizations, even as patient groups organize public campaigns based on earlier assumptions.   These cells are not as easy to maintain in the laboratory as once thought....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Foolish to Ban the Use of Stem Cells in Research - Foolish to Ban the Use of Stem Cells in Research      Over the last century, humanity has created an impressive biological technology.  We have crafted an arsenal of vaccines and antibiotics to defend ourselves from the microscopic world of bacteria and viruses.   We have developed the means to diagnose genetic problems, and we are developing means to treat them.  We have developed a huge number of synthetic substances to enhance human performance, and later human behavior.  We have genetically modified our food crops.  We have created human life in test tubes.  We have sequenced the human genome.  We have cloned sheep and cows.  We have begun research on a variety of stem cells...   [tags: stem cell argumentative persuasive argument]
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Is it Ethical to Clone Humans? - Human Cloning refers to creating a genetically identical copy of an organism including its DNA. It incorporates with Asexual Reproduction tricking a somatic cell into reproducing into an embryo, which later transforms into a human clone. The ethics of cloning is an extremely controversial issue. Many disagree because of their religious manner and considering it “playing with god” while others debate it is a good idea because it assists woman who are infertile with a blessing of children. However, Human Cloning should be illegal because of its health risks, loss of gene diversity and the divisive issue; playing with God....   [tags: stem cell research, genetic engineering]
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Alternatives to Human-embryo Stem-cell Research - Alternatives to Human-embryo Stem-cell Research      This essay counters the media and many scientists' claims that there are no viable alternatives to human-embryo stem-cell research (ESCR).   The media restate the claim (made repeatedly in NIH documents) that adult stem cells do not have the same potential as embryonic stem cells, which in theory can form any tissue. But studies done with adult stem cells (studies which mirror the ones done with embryonic stem cells) show that adult stem cells do have the capacity to form essentially any tissue....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Immorality of Cloning - The Immorality of Cloning The cloning of animals and humans disregards the common ethics of the creation of humanity. Three types of cloning currently exist. There is therapeutic cloning, DNA cloning and reproductive cloning. Therapeutic cloning does not actually make a clone, it just makes stem cells. Stem cells are capable of becoming any type of cell that they are introduced to. For example, when a stem cell is introduced to a damaged heart, it transforms itself into a healthy heart cell. Even though stem cells might be very good for helping alleviate the pain of some diseases, the best use of stem cells is making embryos....   [tags: ethics, controversy, stem cell, science]
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Stem Cell Research - Embryonic Stem Cells Save Lives - Embryonic Stem Cells Save Lives   Special cells that are taken from human embryos, called embryonic stem cells (ES cells), actually possess the power to save your life. These cells can serve many medical purposes and have the ability to benefit people in infinite ways. The importance of embryonic stem cells rests in their lack of specialization. These basic cells are present in the earliest stages of developing embryos and are able to develop into virtually any type of cell and tissue in the body....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essay Examples]
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Differences in Cancer Stem Cell Properties in Human Colon Cancer Cell Lines HCT116 and HT29 - Summary: Background and objective. Tumor heterogeneity is shown to be related to clinical outcome in cancer patients. The concept of a small subset of cancer stem cells being responsible for tumor relapse and metastasis comes out as a promising strategy for targeted cancer therapy. However, cancer stem cells are not easy to identify and isolate. The aim of this study was to determine the putative colon cancer stem cell subsets in human colon cancer cell lines HCT116 and HT29, which differ in their aggressiveness and differentiation capacity....   [tags: tumor heterogeneity, coln cancer]
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Curing the Incurable - In the field of medicine, a growing controversy is the use of stem cells to better understand and treat diseases. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to become any type of specialized cell and also divide limitlessly (“Stem Cell Information”). Stem cells can be used to grow tissue to help patients who have burns so they can heal faster and better (“Stem Cell Information”). Another major example is that these stem cells can be used to grow complete organs (“Stem Cell Information”)....   [tags: Scientists, Researchers, Stem Cell Research]
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stem cell ethics - MLA style also specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing and also provides a writers with a system for cross-referencing their sources--from their parenthetical references to their works cited page. This cross-referencing system allows readers to locate the publication information of source material. This is of great value for researchers who may want to locate your sources for their own research projects. The proper use of MLA style also shows the credibility of writers; such writers show accountability to their source material....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Stem Cells - Stem cells are a large focus of study in today’s biomedical world. They are cells that exist in an undifferentiated state, and transform into differing tissue types depending on what the cells surrounding them are. The different types of stem cells have the ability to repair many classes of damaged human tissue. However, only one type of stem cell promises to regenerate virtually any class of tissue. This is the highly controversial embryonic stem cell (ESC). Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the ESC....   [tags: Biology Science Stem Cell Research Essays] 4602 words
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Finding a Cure through Regenerative Medicine: Government-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Richard J. Gross a developmental biologist once said, “If there were no regeneration, there could be no life. If everything regenerated there would be no death.” In 2001 President George W. Bush banned the further funding of embryonic stem cell research. Why. Some feel that embryonic stem cell research encouraged abortion, and that by banning the federal funding for embryonic stem cell research it would lessen the rates of abortion. However, just recently President Barack Obama has reversed that law and thereby allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research....   [tags: Regenerative Medicine, Government Funding, Embryon] 1588 words
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Ethical Judgments and the Production of Knowledge - Humans are rational and emotional creatures whose intellect allows for the evaluation of behaviors and actions. These evaluations help humans rule over actions and create ethical judgments. Ethical judgments dictate over what should be done and restrict the way of being of individuals. Ethical judgments have an impact in the methods available in the production of knowledge, but are not considered hindrances since they affirm the principles of human morality and are needed to judge knowledge claims....   [tags: The Stem Cell Debate]
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Critique of Optical Cotnrol of Muscle Function by Transplantation of Stem Cell-Derived Motor Neurons in Mice - Critique of Optical Control of Muscle Function by Transplantation of Stem Cell- Derived Motor Neurons in Mice Peripheral Nerves in the human body consist of nerves located outside the brain and spinal cord.1, 2 Nerve Damage can be responsible for over 100 peripheral nerve disorders, resulting in early symptoms such as, but are not limited to, burning, tingling, and other abnormal sensations in the hands, feet or legs.3 Damage to the Central nervous system, or Motor Neuron disease such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly degenerative, and often fatal neurological disease that targets nerve cells or neurons....   [tags: neuroscience, health research]
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Killing Human Embryos for Research -    Recent developments highlight a point made by opponents of embryonic stem cell research for years: Once our consciences are numbed to the moral wrong of using so-called "spare" human embryos for research, our society will move on to even more egregious abuses. The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Virginia has announced that it is using donated eggs and sperm to create human embryos solely to destroy them for stem cell research.( S. Stolberg, "Scientists Create Scores of Embryos to Harvest Cells," The New York Times, July 11, 2001 at A1.) Moreover, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) in Massachusetts has announced it is trying to make human embryos by somatic cell nuclear transfer...   [tags: Stem Cell Research Essays]
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The Benefits of Cloning Research - The Benefits of Cloning Research      “To be or not to be…” In the last fifty years new forms of technology have been the center of attention for every human being. It seems that every day scientists come up with some new, perhaps even controversial, and exciting ways to improve the quality of life. These new technologies affect every aspect of life, as we know it. One such technology is the research being done in the area of cloning. Cloning is the production of one or more cells, individual plants, or animals that are genetically identical to another cell, plant or animal....   [tags: Cloning and Stem Cell Research] 1464 words
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Ethical Concerns about Donating Eggs for Stem-Cell Research - The topic that I would like to address is women donating their eggs for stem cell research. I see many ethical concerns when it comes to this issue, one of which is creating new human embryonic stem cell lines. The only way to make this research possible is by women donating their eggs. In other words, does this lead to positive outcomes or rather yet negative outcomes. To begin, when it comes to females donating eggs, there are many negative ethical concerns that go along with it. First of all, you have to think about the personal risk that these women go through when they decide to donate their eggs....   [tags: Ethics] 625 words
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research and The Survival Lottery Proposed by John Harris - ... However, if it's taken from you I believe your rights extend beyond your body, and even your grave. So yes I would say, though to a point, that we as people have alienable rights to our tissues. And honestly I find the alternative myopic and bleak. Look at The Survival Lottery proposed by John Harris(Oxford 1975) for example. Harris frames a situation where transplant procedures take place without failure; two patients are going to die if they do not receive an organ transplant. When there are no organs available his two patients interject that if one person died they both could be saved(Harris p.81)....   [tags: genes, transplant organs] 2445 words
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The Science of Leukemia - Can you imagine if one of your friends, family or even yourself waking up or seeing people feeling really weak, when they can’t do anything because of low immune system, seeing their hair falls out day by day. Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow (News,M.). It is where our blood is forming tissue. White blood cells fights for infection in our body, it gives us protection from any bacteria that comes in to our body. People who have leukemia suffer from an abnormal production of white blood cells or known as leukocytes (News,M.)....   [tags: stem cell transplant, cancer in blood cells]
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Advocating a Second Creation - When we hear the words human cloning we think of books and movies like Jurassic Park, which show us the darker side of cloning, and all of the possible complications, but they never seem to fully encompass the need we have for cloning, as humans beings. Since its beginnings cloning has raised many a debate, on its scientific viability and the morality behind the idea of manufacturing exact genetic copies of ourselves. Those who speak from a moral standpoint fall on the side against human cloning, those who disagree with the idea however fail to acknowledge the numerous benefits that cloning offer us as human beings....   [tags: human cloning, morality, stem cell, technology]
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Panacea - Panacea Panacea- n. a cure for all ills, a universal remedy [Webster’s 724]. Embryonic stem cell research has been one of the most heavily and intensely debated topics in the past five to ten years. Although it is not literally a cure for all sicknesses, it holds the key to the most exciting medical advances in the last 100 years. The controversy surrounding stem cell research is such a huge deal because of the moral dilemma surrounding it. There is no doubt that everybody would like to have cures for ailments ranging from paralysis to Alzheimer’s but they must be willing to side with science for the betterment of mankind....   [tags: Stem Cell Research] 1515 words
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Human Embryonic Stem cells and Induced Pluripotent Cells - Human Embryonic Stem cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are two modern methods of research; and treatment being aimed at the treatment of cancer, and many degenerative and genetic diseases. Stem cells are cells with the ability to develop into a cell of a different type, some types of stem cells are able to differentiate or change into a cell which is specific and functional to a specific tissue or organ system. This unique ability is what many scientists are trying to focus towards regeneration of different tissues, or the creation of new tissue to help cure, or treat diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and alzheimer's....   [tags: stem cells, human embryonic, cells]
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The Ongoing Debate Over the Use of Stem Cells - In the past two decades, many technological and scientific advances have been made in order to make life easier for many people who suffer from cancer, disease and sickness. Among these advances there is something revolutionary called stem cells. Stem cells can help restore and regenerate almost all parts of the human body such as the heart, kidney, liver, and many other organs. Although stem cells offer a lot, there are many views against and for stem cells, and among these views lies the debate of whether stem cells should be legalized or not (NIH 2)....   [tags: Stem Cells, argumentative, persuasive, medicine] 1329 words
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Stem Cells: Are Stems Cells able to Generate Cartilage and Bone? - A stem cell being able to make cartilage and bone seems like a preposterous idea, does it not. With the invention of the microscope in the 1800’s, it was not long before scientists were able to discern that some cells were able to generate and change into other cells. This was the beginning of stem cell research. In 1961, Dr.’s Till and McCullough were studying the effects of radiation on the bone marrow of mice, when they discovered the existence of multipotent stem cells. In 1998, James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isolated human embryonic stem cells, then demonstrated how they specialize and rejuvenate....   [tags: human embryo, stem cells]
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Embryonic Stem Cells and Adult Stem Cells - Embryonic stem cells are a different class of stem cells. ‘Stem cells’ are primitive cells with the capacity to divide and give rise to more identical stem cells or to specialize and form specific cells of somatic tissues. However, two types of stem cell can be distinguished: embryonic stem cells (ES): can only be derived from pre‐implantation embryos and have a proven ability to form cells of all adult tissues (termed ‘pluripotent’). ‘Adult’ stem cells, which are found in a variety of tissues in the fetus and after birth and are, under normal conditions, more specialized, which is revered to as “multipotent.” The embryonic stem cells can assist with tissue replacement and repair....   [tags: genetic engineering and health] 909 words
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Stem Cells: The Future of Medicine - What if there was a cure for cancer or a treatment for spinal injuries. Would you support the research. What if there was a way that you could repair damaged nerves. Some believe that stem cells may hold the answers to some of these questions. What are stem cells and why should you or I even care about them. Some believe that they are a miracle treatment waiting to happen while others believe that stem cells are highly immoral. Why does so much controversy surround the issue. Why is the conversation of stem cells feared by some and praised by others....   [tags: spinal injuries, repair damaged nerves]
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A Brief Examination of Stem Cells - “Stem cell therapies may be able to treat cardiovascular disease, spinal cord disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers” (Panno xi). Supporters and advocates of stem cell research say that if well-funded, stem cell research programs may launch a new chapter in medicine. People like Christopher Reeve, paralyzed during a horse riding accident, dedicated the last years of his life “to an effort to promote... human embryonic stem cell research” because he felt stem cell exploration was worthy of national attention (Black 8)....   [tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Therapy]
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Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells - According to Nancy Reagan, “Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to alleviate so much suffering. Surely, by working together, we can harness its life-giving potential.” The increase in understanding of what is possible with stem cells, has led the topic of stem cell research to become one of the biggest social issues of our time. Over the last couple of decades, it has come down to two main types of stem cells: embryonic and those derived from adults. This is where the lines are drawn and arguments break out, because of personal morals and ethics....   [tags: health research, genetic technology]
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The Discovery of Embrionic Stem Cells - When scientists discovered that stem cells could be used to repair the human body, they created one of the biggest controversies of all time. Stem cells are bare cells discovered in the human corpse that contain the ability to produce identical copies of themselves for extended periods of time. Stem cells are different because they can operate to specialize into blood, brain, tissue, and muscle cells. Stem cells contain the capability to progress the field of medical treatment in a plethora of ways....   [tags: identical copies, bone marrow, eggs] 1930 words
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The Study of Stem Cells - ... As says Sheng Ding, a chemist at Scripps Research Institute, "We think if you understand what the signals are that control stem cell fate--and we know there are stem cells reserved in pretty much all the tissues in adults--we can possibly develop small-molecule therapeutics or other types of therapeutics that stimulate in vivo regeneration. That [for us] would be the ultimate goal of stem cell research. We think those therapeutics will be the future of regenerative medicine, not just the stem cell" (Dalton)....   [tags: history of chemistry, genetic engineering] 888 words
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Uses for Embryonic Stem Cells - Embryonic stem cells can cure almost any disease. The world, at this moment, has a popular and widespread belief that that researching on embryonic stem cells is immoral and wrong. The research has a goal to find many cures for vast amount of diseases including diabetes and parkinson's. The problem with the research is how the cells are harvested. When the mother of a baby under 10 days old aborts the child, the fetus is taken and the embryos that hold the stem cells are harvested for use in research....   [tags: genetic engineering and health]
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Different Types of Stem Cells - Stem cells have the ability to grow and multiply into many different cells in the early life of the body. Stem cells help to replace dead and or damaged cells in the human body. These stem cells are found inside the body, inside our organs and tissues such as in our skin and liver. Each stem cell helps its organ or tissue such as if the liver is damaged, the liver stem cells would repair the liver. There are four main types of stem cells: adult, fetal and embryonic. Each of these stem cells acts in a different way and have their own nature....   [tags: biology, cells, organs, tissues]
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