Stem-Cell Research and the Media

analytical Essay
1623 words
1623 words

Stem-Cell Research and the Media

Biomedical technology is getting much press due to the stem-cell debate. A controversial topic in itself, with the President of the United States taking a stand on the issue for funding purposes, the topic has received even more press over the consequences resulting from President Bush's decision. With the President's approval rating well over 80 percent since the September 11th attack, those who contest any of his decisions have been receiving feelings of anger from those who support him. I, however, would like to take a stand and contest Bush's decision to limit the stem cell research funding. This paper presents two articles that examine Bush's decision in different ways; one looks at the consequences from the point of view of stem cell researchers, and the other presents an avenue for the Presidential administration to defend their decision, which happens to be contradictory to their claim to be concerned with the science behind stem cell research. While the Janesville Gazette article is supposedly a defense of Bush's decision, analyzing the claims and actual behaviors of Tommy Thompson and President Bush exemplifies their weak argument.

The Newsweek article by Begley (2001) conveys information about the consequences of President George W. Bush's decision to limit the federal funding for stem-cell research to the 64 colonies already in existence. The article does not explicitly state President Bush's decision to limit the funding of the research to the current 64 colonies, but only states that the President announced, "there were scores of stem-cell colonies around the word that federally funded scientists would be allowed to study." Begley's way of co...

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...n's position, a careful analyzer can see major contradictions between his claims to use science to make the decision and his actual decision obviously not being based on science. By also examining and article which roots itself in the people involved daily with stem cell research, and by capturing their concerns with the President's funding decision, this paper serves as a well rounded critique of Bush's stem cell research funding decision in a time when patriotism does not allow for easy critiques of the current administration.


Begley, Sharon. (2001, September 10). In search of stem cells: It turns out many of the 64 lines may be unusable. Newsweek, p. 57.

Stem cell decision defended: Thompson" Number of developed lines mad no difference to Bush. (2001, September 7). The Janesville Gazette, pp. A1, A8.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that president bush's decision to limit stem cell research funding is a controversial topic in itself, and that the janesville gazette article exemplifies their weak argument.
  • Analyzes how begley's article conveys information about the consequences of president george w. bush’s decision to limit the federal funding for stem-cell research to the 64 colonies already in existence.
  • Analyzes how begley is trying to sell to the audience on the idea that 64 lines is not enough, thus taking a stand against bush's decision to limit the federal funding of stem-cell research.
  • Analyzes how begley's article attempts to immerse the reader in the stem-cell debate. the article suggests that biomedical technology is not perfect.
  • Analyzes how begley's article draws not on quantitative research, but on interviews. she quotes a chief scientist of the company with the most stem-cell colonies in the united states, the ceo of another genetic-research company from georgia, and the dean
  • Analyzes how the janesville gazette article gives a different tone to bush's funding limitations for stem cell research.
  • Analyzes how the janesville gazette article shows thompson trying to sell the readers the idea that bush's decision was the right one, and that the administration that made the decision tried to defend itself.
  • Analyzes how thompson and bush contradict themselves in the janesville gazette article by saying that the decision was based on science, and yet not caring about the numbers of the cell lines.
  • Analyzes how the janesville gazette article does not address the limitations of biomedical technology except with regard to the idea that it is "controversial science because human embryos, typically left over from fertility treatments, must be destroyed in the process."
  • Analyzes how the two articles examined in this paper show the split in beliefs about the funding of stem cell research. begley's article discusses the biomedical consequences of funding limitations on stem-cell research, while the janesville gazette allowed bush and thompson to show their view.
  • Opines that the president tried to justify his moral decision by saying that science was a factor in his stem cell research funding decision.
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