The Ethics and Potential of Stem Cell Research

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In England, during the late 1790s, physician Edward Jenner discovered how to vaccinate people against smallpox. Approximately 190 years later, in 1980, smallpox was declared eradicated (Edward Jenner). Today, humanity continues to follow in Jenner’s footsteps through working to cure and eradicate diseases that threaten people across the globe. Unfortunately, however, vaccines and antibiotics do not always work, and scientists need to find new ways in which to cure the diseases that have yet to be cured, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. The key to curing these ailments is through embryonic stem cell research, which can be used as a form of regenerative medicine, as well as helping scientists understand how and why people fall ill, and can also assist in testing medicines for a variety of afflictions. Therefore, embryonic stem cell research should continue to be legal in the United States.
Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize the medical field by assisting scientists in their perpetual search for the cures to deadly diseases that puzzle epidemiologists today. According to the New York Stem Cell Institute, “regenerative medicine holds the promise of new ways to repair cardiovascular damage and of improved cancer treatment. Moreover, there are many other diseases that stand to be positively impacted by stem cell research including: stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes (respectively three, four, and seven on the CDC list of causes of death), neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, and some birth defects.” (NYSTEM) Furthermore, the great medical potential of stem cells has recently been put to use: according to the Americans for Cures Foundation, scientists and doctors a...

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