The Controversy Of Stem Cell Research

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The topic of stem cell research is highly controversial. Although most people who consider themselves "pro life" are the main opposition for this potentially beneficial research, most people do not fully comprehend what stem cells are, much less the implications of them. In a highly generalized statement, stem cells are cells with no specialization. This allows them to form into the majority of cells in the body, depending on where they were from. In this essay I’m going to not only offer a plethora of information regarding stem cells, but make an in depth analysis of the question that everyone wants the answer to, should stem cells be used? Before I get into the political and religious views that affect stem cell research, I’d like to discuss what stem cells are, where they are taken from, and medicinal benefits associated with stem cell research. Although I’ve already stated that stem cells are essentially unspecialized cells, they are genuinely much more complex than that. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, this means that they can transform into any cell in the body. However, somatic stem cells can form into the majority of tissues that make up our organs and are used to repair our bodies. The stem cells that are raising the majority of controversy are embryonic and fetal stem cells. This is because they are found in the early stages of an embryo and fetal stem cells are found in the blood, bones, and tissue of fetuses. The process for extracting the stem cells would destroy the embryo and fetus. However, the somatic stem cells we have in our bodies can be extracted from our tissue. Many religious groups believe embryonic and fetal stem cell research is interrupting with the natural birthing process. According to Father Mar... ... middle of paper ...>. Hodges, Father Mark. Destructive Embryonic Stem Cell Research. 30 April 2013 . Malakoff, David. Republican Party Platform Has a Lot to Say About Science. 30 April 2013 . New evidence that stem cells contain immortal DNA. 30 April 2013 . Overview of CIRM Stem Cell Research Funding. 30 April 2013 . Stein, Rob. Embryonic Stem Cells Appear to Restore Sight. 18 April 2013 . Where Do Democrats Stand Regarding Stem Cell Research? 30 April 2013 .

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