The fact that there have been many advancements in biomedical technology over the years have given us the ability to cure and prevent diseases that have once devastated the human population. These breakthroughs have allowed people to live longer and healthier lives, yet others believe that it runs the risk of “playing God” and that such matters should be left into the hands of a higher power. Today, this ethical debate still continues to raise questions on whether these scientific breakthroughs are morally acceptable. While I support the use of scientific breakthroughs, I believe that it should only be used for human benefit to cure those who are suffering from cancer. This approach seems more reasonable than using this technology to choose one’s eye color or keep someone on life support just because it is something that can be done, whether or not that is acceptable or not.
Science is usually perceived as either a good or bad thing. Even in history scientists were usually laughed at when making a new discoveries and were not taken seriously until after their time. Stem cells research currently is still mostly theoretical but has the potential for making huge discoveries. It has the potential for uncovering mass amounts of knowledge about how to cure cancers and terminal illnesses. With all the safe and ethical procedures they have been using there should be no reason for blunting the research of stem cells.
The idea soon influenced medicine, the idea of strengthening the healthy cells and isolating them from the unhealthy ones. The simple idea Darwin discovered had changed medicine as a whole. Today, doctors and scientists are able to manipulate genes in order to create new treatments and cures. Today, Darwin’s discovery changed and saved millions of lives around the world. Despite the fact that genetic engineering can have a negative impact on society, it was an important discovery due to the advancement in conventional medicine.
But as the years passed and technology became more advanced, mankind could now experiment with the very basics of life itself. Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid (DNA) which is the programming code for the body, can now be altered or changed and substituted. This has opened the door to many different possibilities that would have been thought impossible a generation ago. But the path to genetic alteration has not gone unbarred. Many people fearing and distrusting science have tried to resist the march of scientists.
Diseases such as cancer and birth defects are caused by abnormal cell division and differentiation. The idea is to find how diseases come about and find new ways of treating them. This can only be done by looking and understanding stem cells. By understanding stem cells, scientists can begin to... ... middle of paper ... ...can really help cure diseases and repair organs, then this can be one of the biggest breakthroughs in medical history and be ethically right. It will take many years to fully develop stem cell research and to have this option available for all people, but when it is ready for the public, it will be such an boom that will save so many lives.
This growth in cell research is binding scientists in a race to establish their findings so they could be the first in the finish line. This pressure to be renowned has driven scientists to attempt to control the very natural process of life. Our world is plagued by disease, an increase in population and poverty with limited resources to satisfy the basic needs of mankind, so cloning is often regarded as the solution. Cloning for reproduction and therapy has improved drastically displaying a lot of potential uses but is vastly outweighed with larger risks. The thought of cloning often terrifies people because they believe there will be copies of themselves rampaging around the world.
Doctors were starting to see what embryonic stem cell research could bring to the modern day and even with the public opinion they continued to stay committed to the research. Many people believe that the only reason for others not accepting embryonic stem cell research is because it kills babies. Yes, this is one if not the biggest argument, but there are other issues attached to embryonic stem cell research. Although many doctors and scientists believe that embryonic stem cell research could lead to medical advances in cures for heart diseases, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and countless others, it is not clear how long it will take for human trials to be successful, how much money it will cost to do these trails and research, or if it is found, how would the everyday life of the patient change. Embryonic stem cell research became known in 1973 because of the Supreme Court case, Roe v Wade.
Because stem cells are unspecialized, they can replace any cell in any part of the body, so as to have a cure for many diseases. There are strong arguments torward both sides of the debate, and stem cell research deserves much more attention from the public than it is getting, for it has a chance to cure many diseases; however, it is inhumane, and there are a few, weak, possible solutions to fix this problem. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that divide into different cell types. (Stem cell - about). For many years, scientists have been researching stem cells to see how they can treat different health issues, such as causes and cures for birth defects, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis (Stem Cells - diseases).
Advancements in genetic engineering has been one of the most talked about subjects for many years. It has scared some but at the same time intrigued others. This question how far is too far, will play a big issue in years to come and even now for that mater. What people do not understand is that the research that is being done today is being done to help cure incurable diseases like the Aids virus and Cancer and it is not being done to create at perfect utopian society where everyone is the same and equal in all aspects. Stem cell research has been around since the early 1980's and since its development many advances have been made.
This project set out to map, down to the last detail, every part of the human DNA structure (“Human”). The project has recently been completed and the scientists are now starting another project with their newly found information, to cure mankind of its ailments. Although there are many positive things that can come of this recent discovery, there are many adverse affects that society is not yet fully aware of and as the experiments and test results come in, more and more will society be blinded to the downsides of genetic research because of the glitz, glamour, and promises provided by the corporations and universities This paper will not just hone in on the recently completed human genome project but will also take a look at the many adverse affects of what is now possibly to come if the science of human perfection is to continue unchecked. The possibilities for this new science are great, but without the general public guiding it every step of the way, the universities and corporations will be free to do as they wish. With the power to change life on this planet as we know it, the teams of scientists may ultimately one day have the ability to control what is happening through nearly every second of our life: what we eat, what we drink, what happen... ... middle of paper ... ...uman Being, The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher.