The solution to these issues is to fund the stem cell research to give further information about how these cells work. Stem cells research has come along way since the nineteen hundreds and new forms of stem cells have been found. Although, there is a controversy of using embryos because embryo is life, stem cells have the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. According to the “Wonders of Life”, using embryonic stem cells are morally wrong, because they are aborted embryos which create vitro fertilization (Mirsky, Steve). People think that just because one stem cell has the potential to become a human being, research need... ... middle of paper ... ...trying to remove the damaged tissue and cause serious risks to the patient.
Hopefully with this research we will have a better understanding of embryonic stem cells and why some people may benefit from it, as it may help to cure some diseases. Maybe we can come to an agreement on what is correct or incorrect on the study of embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cells are taken from the blastocyst, which is the first stage of the embryo. These cells are pluripotent, meaning they can form into any type cell, expect those of the placenta. The reason why adult cells are not being used for study is because they are multipotent, which is that they are limited to what cells they can evolve into.
However, despite the infinite potential for medical treatments, the topic of stem cells is surrounded by enormous amounts of controversy. The questions that feed the controversy are about how the stem cells are acquired and about how the gained knowledge would be used. However, it is necessary for mankind to keep stem cell research alive in order to save lives while taking care of any unethical topics about it. There are three ways to acquire a sample of stem cells. The first method is very controversial, which is the extraction of an embryonic cell.
Stem cells have offered scientists and the world a new doorway to treat diseases and help millions. The major, significant discovery of stem cells is their ability to differentiate into any cell type which can help rebuild damaged organs. One thing for certain is that these cells brought huge controversies over their uses, how scientists should obtain them, and if the embryos should be used at all on the basis that they should be held on the same morals as humans. Although with these monumental issues at hand, researchers have not given up hope that one day these stem cells will be widely accepted and be used for the benefit of the people.
On the other hand, those who are for stem cell research would argue that genetic tests and stem cell research can help detect and find cures for diseases that as of right now have no cures. In embryonic stem cell research it all comes down to the question do we sacrifice a few embryos to possibly save millions of people with diseases? The answer is not black and white. There are always different perspectives. People look at situation a little different.
The optimist foresees a time when a patient will simply receive a snippet of DNA and go home cured. There are many ethical and scientific hurdles that must first be crossed for such a dream to become reality. The technology has advanced so rapidly that many ethical questions weren’t originally addressed and accordingly are now becoming the center of attention regarding human genetic research. Furthermore, scientists must find a way to outwit the body’s immune system which is primed to fight any foreign material such as inserted genes. There are also difficulties in getting the targeted cells to open up their molecular locks to allow the foreign genes inside.
Should it not be ethical to allow the destruction of a few embryos in order to help the millions of people who suffer from diseases.“Embryonic stem cell research argue that it is actually wrong to protect the lives of a few unborn human beings it will help the millions who suffer.”(The center for bioethics & human dignity, n.d.). What do people believe to be positive or wrong about embryonic stem cell research.
Is it alright to take one life in order to save the other? Stem Cell research can give the answer to many of the complicated events that come about during human development. According to the National Institutes of Health, “A primary goal of this work is to identify how undifferentiated stem cells become differentiated.” And since some of today’s worst medical condition, for example cancer, are the result of defective cell differentiation, this research could help better determine the cause of it and perhaps suggest a better cure. Another use of embryonic stem cells includes testing new drugs. Although stem cells are already in use for drug testing, they can only be used on specific differentiated cells that have the same properties as the disease of the drug they are being tested for.
Embryonic stem cell research is so controversial because society is judging whether or not taking stem cells from days old embryos is immoral, or if doctors should look past the cons and do what is necessary to eventually preserve many lives. While stem cell research has received an abundance of support from people who believe it has the potential to treat and remedy disease, many others oppose embryonic stem cell research because it ultimately causes the destruction of an embryo, what they consider to be a human life. Which brings on the question, when does life begin. The answer is opinionated. Many people disagree on when life begins; some people believe that an embryo is a human and some believe that they are not human until the first heartbeat.
For example, a patient with nerve damage as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can have some of their inactive ne... ... middle of paper ... ... conclusion, stem cells show great potential as pluripotent cells that can mimic the task of specialized cells throughout the body. Due to the numerous amount of genetic diseases in our society that have yet to have a cure, stem cell research must be furthered implored to make necessary advancements in the field of medicine despite the potentially harmful effects it can have to the human embryo. With this being said, the solution is that stem cells should be primarily obtained through the aborted in vitro fertilization. So stem cells don’t have to be extracted from living embryos, which means this process doesn’t have to be linked with abortion. This is good on both sides of the debate: the groups against stem cells research argue that killing an embryo doesn’t justify saving another life, while still satisfying the scientist that want to research stem cells.