Embryonic stem cell research, a scientific innovation that has the potential to save lives, should be continued and supported by the public. Embryonic stem cell research provides an efficient way of using spare embryos that would not otherwise be used in fertility treatments. Perhaps the largest objection to this form of stem cell research is that an embryo must be destroyed in order to extract a stem cell line However, embryonic stem cell lines that are used are obtained “from an embryo generated for reproductive purposes that is no longer needed for that purpose”, and would have been destroyed and discarded anyway (Kirchstein). Clearly, if these embryos are not used for their originally intended purpose, they should be utilized in other ways instead of being disposed of. Using spare embryonic cells in order to continue valuable scientific research is a superior alternative to discarding this rich source of research material.
Now think of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or paralysis. Would you deny them a life without suffering if the cure for the disease could be obtained by performing research on an aborted fetus already destined for destruction? It is my belief that scientists should be able to do stem cell research within carefully defined moral parameters because this research is so promising to cure so many diseases and teach us so much about how our bodies work. However, embryos destined for destruction should be used for stem cell research rather than created embryos because there are several thousands of embryos that will be destroyed so it is not necessary to create more embryos and destroy them. Stem cell research remains highly promising in that “Animal research suggests stem cells may some day provide a way to repair or replace diseased tissues and organs” and it holds immense possibilities for cures of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes (The Lancet par.
Embryonic stem cells have advantages because they would be toxin free, but adult stem cells are just as capable (Simmonds). Even with arguments stating “Adult Stem cells cannot offer the same therapeutic and research potential”, one side will not win the fight (Simmonds). Every type of stem cell will be researched and used to find the cure to fight any disease. There will always be a need for embryonic stem cell research, but if it is only destroying one life to save thousands: is it worth it? (“The Stem Cell Debate: is it over?
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.
It is comparable to the discovery of penicillin or the inoculation for smallpox. Current... ... middle of paper ... ...ting embryos specifically for stem cell research should not be allowed. Continued stem cell research will benefit all of mankind with its promise of medical advances. Opponents’ concerns about destroying human life will be quelled because stem cells will be taken from already doomed embryos. The federal government will be able to regulate the research and ensure that it is lawfully conducted.
This discovery sparked a curiosity for cloning all over the world, however, mankind must answer a question, should cloning be allowed? To answer this question some issues need to be explored. Is cloning morally correct, is it a reliable way to produce life, and should human experimentation be allowed? Scientists have no problem with the ethical issues cloning poses, as they claim the technological benefits of cloning clearly outweigh the possible social consequences, not to mention, help people with deadly diseases to find a cure. Jennifer Chan, a junior at the New York City Lab School, said, "?cloning body organs will help save many patients' lives," she said.
Human Cloning Should be Permitted What would you say if I told you that scientists had just developed a new procedure that could lead not only to the cure for cancer, but would provide an unlimited source of organ donors and could lead to the first effective treatment of nerve damage? Now adding on to this scenario lets say that our government was taking action to ban this new procedure because of a few myths and some loud mouthed conservatives. This scenario is true and is taking place with human cloning at this very moment. If you don't act fast this crowning achievement of medical science could be lost forever. "This procedure will be both a contribution to science and a betterment of the human race."
One side is all in favor of their use, and the other side is dead-set against it. Stem cells come at a high price, yet this price is well worth the saved lives they can offer. In order to develop an opinion on whether or not stem cells should be used, one first must understand what they are and how they are used. Simply stated, the definition of a stem cell is an undifferentiated cell, meaning that it has no true function yet. However, all of the genes within a human stem cell have the potential to become other types of cells.
Embryonic Stem Cells “Embryonic stem cells...are in effect, a human self-repair kit,” (Christopher Reeve, activist – Larry King show). For the advancement of science, stem cells are infinitely valuable, especially when considering all the potential applications in the field of medicine. Stem cell usage is a very controversial topic, because most people think of abortions, cloning, and other negative topics when they hear the term stem cell. However I think those thoughts are because they don’t understand what a stem cell is, where it comes from, or its monumental possibilities that could greatly benefit the medical field. There are already demonstrations of Stem cells possibilities, because treatment with stem cells has already begun.
Science is the most attracted to these cells, because they are counter parts to the adult stem cells. The human embryo is destroyed in the process of extracting the stem cells. Thus, the conflict of morality and helping those already alive to survive. Even though stem cell research could save lives, hence appealing to one of the two morals, it destroys the other embryoti... ... middle of paper ... ...could lift a pain from millions of people and take back their ability to walk and solve all disabilities. Is it not worth a few undeveloped embryos to research, that people have wanted to donate to save an exponential amount of lives in the future?