The Importance of Stem Cell Research

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“The greatest risk to scientific progress is to stop taking risks”. Dr. Elias Zerhouni from the National Institute of Health gave this quote during an interview to a reporter in 2007. He was referring to Stem Cell research, a controversial medical issue of today. Louise Brown of Manchester, UK owes her life to scientists and doctors taking risks and exploring the world or Stem Cells. In 1978 she became the first baby to be born via in-vitro fertilization, a process where a woman’s egg is harvested and mixed with male sperm to become fertilized. After doctors fertilized Louise’s mothers’ egg, and let it develop in a lab for about five days they then implanted the zygote in Mrs. Brown’s uterus where it successfully started to grow into a healthy baby. Without the advances in Stem Cell research women with medical problems such as blocked fallopian tubes, just like Mrs. Brown could not carry out the dream of having a baby of their own. Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESC from here on out) are taken from a human embryo for research and other medical benefits. Although the most controversial, hESC is believed to be the most effective method. The use of hESC is it entails destroying a human embryo which is theory ends a potential life (Jody Schecter, Texas International Law Journal ). Embryonic Stem Cells can be harvested from either miscarried or stillborn, as well as from aborted fetuses. The National Institute of Health stated in the Federal Policy on stem cells that “b. No payments, cash or in kind were offered for those donated embryos” so anyone giving their miscarried and or aborted fetus’ is not receiving any payment for giving them to science. If they were to be paid it might be considered unethical and women might start abusi... ... middle of paper ... .../summer07/articles/summer07pg2-3.html>. Adelson, J., and J. Weinberg. "The California Stem Cell Initiative: Persuasion, Politics, and Public Science. " American Journal of Public Health 100.3 (2010): 446-451. Platinum Periodicals, ProQuest. Web. 10 May. 2010. “Stem Cell Research; Stem cells from surgery leftovers could repair damaged hearts. " NewsRx Health & Science 16 May 2010: Research Library, ProQuest. Web. 18 May. 2010. Annas, George J, Arthus Cplan, Sherman Elias. “Stem Cell Politics, Ethics, and Medical Progress” Nature Magazine. 5. 12 ( 1999). 1339-1341. Web. 10 May 2010 Robertson, John A. “Extending Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis : The Ethical Debate” Human Reproduction. 18.3 (2003) 465-471. Web. 10 May 2010 Fischbach, Gerald D. and Ruth L Fischbach. “Untitled” The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 114.10 (2004) 1364-1370. Web. 10 May 2010. //

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