Patients suffering from tissue injuries and genetic disorders can be administered by these cells to restore damaged cells. Because of their said capabilities, these cells can serve as models for genetic disorders, and be used as a potent research tool to probe certain genetic disorders. With recent technological advancements, scientists are more than capable to use embryonic stem cells for research. However, embryonic stem cell research can be morally unsound. I have complete understanding of embryonic stem cell research, and its potential to end human suffering, however it is unethical to do so.
The embryo is still a living being no matter what age it might be and research is taking that embryo and doing research on it killing it in the process and not giving it a chance to be what it should have been. The reason for the debate is whether it is ethical to do research on an embryo knowing that it is a living entity or do the research knowing the research will help many people regardless of the loss of the embryo. It is a matter of trading ethics for the benefit of helping cure the sick. If a woman is having an abortion and the doctor... ... middle of paper ... ... not have the same properties as embryo stem cells. The embryo stem cell can give research insights into some basics of the human body.
Human right activists and some religious groups are against this type of research because the harvesting of stem cells from embryos is seen as the destruction of human life. These activists believe using human tissue as a starting point for new cell development is unnatural; killing one person to help another (author). Nevertheless, it is an unconventional and controversial type of medicine that could prove to be groundbreaking. With the proliferation of disease such as cancer in our society, stem cell research must be furthered implored in order to cure diseases and save countless lives despite the ethical controversy it has created. Stem cells are cells that have not differentiated to form specialized tissues, and can be found in the blastocyst during the embryological growth, as well as in the bone marrow of adult tissues.
Embryonic stem cells researches remain as a difficult topic for many because embryonic stem cells can turn into different cell and tissues in the body which can help to find the therapy for diseases like diabetes, cancers, Parkinson’s and repair joints (Susman); however, the only way to obtain the cells is to destroy the embryo (Prentice). While both sides still have different opinions, I still claim that stem cell researchers must not be allowed to use stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases because it is against religious views of morality, embryonic stem cells remain as failure compare to adult stem cells, and there are other stem cells from other part of the body can help cure diseases without destroying the embryo. Stem cells research from aborted babies is against religious view of morality. The only way to obtain the embryonic stem cells is from the embryo, which would destroy the potential of life (Prentice). Dr. Hurbult states “Human life begins with fertilization and end with death” (Susman).
One reason people protest the idea of cloning is because may are mystified as to how it could be used and what its purposes can be. I know that if it were your child, you would use every possible measure to keep them alive. The fact that we, as humans, might be able to figure out how to clone so that lives could be saved is extremely exciting and inspiring. On the other hand, there is a time and a place for everything, including research. While cloning is justifiable in certain circumstances, I would want to make sure other healthcare issues were taken care before donating money to research for cloning.
Embryonic stem cells are derived from the inner cell mass of a developing blastocyst. ES cells are both pluripotent and self-renewing. Pluripotency refers to the ES cell’s ability to differentiate into any type of cell or tissue except cells that form a placenta or embryo (Fritsch et al., 2008; Young, 2011). Self-renewal is the process where stem cells divide to make more copies of themselves (Young, 2011). Since these cells are capable of differentiating into nearly all cell types, they serve as imperative research tools for the improved development of treatments and therapies for a vast number of diseases and conditions.
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.
“Some of the most prominent advocates of the research are scientists and patients who believe that embryonic stem cell research will lead to the development of treatments and cures for some of humanity’s most pernicious afflictions (such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes).”(The center for bioethics & human dignity, n.d.). Among the most vocal opponents of the research are those who share the desire to heal, but who object to the pursuit of healing via unethical means. CBHD’s view is that because human embryonic stem cell research necessitates the destruction of human embryos, such research is unethical regardless of its alleged benefits. Ethical alternatives for achieving those benefits should be actively pursued. What are human embryonic stem cells and how are they obtained?
The stake over the issue of stem cells revolves around the human life itself. Proponents of stem cells say that until an embryo has not been embedded into the uterus, it does not have a human status and therefore could be used to treat patient who already are persons. They also propose to obtain cells through IVF as opposed to abortion because abortion is attributed to a deliberate act of killing human life while the fo... ... middle of paper ... ...of optimism and bring forth a new way of life and medical abilities all around the world for the benefit of people, family, friends, and oneself. Science can be described as the pursuit of innovation, advancement and opportunity. Stem cells have offered scientists and the world a new doorway to treat diseases and help millions.
The opportunities presented by scientific advances are used to replace or reduce animal use, and to refine procedures to minimise suffering.” (“Understanding Animal Research”). Animal testing is a controversial subject. Because those who support animal testing may define it as experimentation that uses animals to benefit humans, where it saves lives and provides vital medical treatments. (“Murnaghan”) Animal research has enabled to find treatments for cancer, antibiotics for infections, vaccines to prevent some of the most deadly and weakening viruses and surgery for injuries, illnesses and deformities. (“Do Something”) Despite many animal testing protesters, the benefits of animal testing in the field of medicine for humans outweigh any animal suffering that may occur.