Human right activists and some religious groups are against this type of research because the harvesting of stem cells from embryos is seen as the destruction of human life. These activists believe using human tissue as a starting point for new cell development is unnatural; killing one person to help another (author). Nevertheless, it is an unconventional and controversial type of medicine that could prove to be groundbreaking. With the proliferation of disease such as cancer in our society, stem cell research must be furthered implored in order to cure diseases and save countless lives despite the ethical controversy it has created. Stem cells are cells that have not differentiated to form specialized tissues, and can be found in the blastocyst during the embryological growth, as well as in the bone marrow of adult tissues.
Embryonic stem cells research is a very conflicting subject in the United States. Some people think that it is morally and religiously incorrect as they are killing a human life at the first stage of life. While some think it is ok because the human life to them starts at the fetus or when the fetus can feel pain. In this paper we are going to discuss the total aspect of embryonic stem cell research: how the government takes play in the study of embryonic stem cells, how embryonic stem cells have help out people so far, and what are embryonic stem cells. Hopefully with this research we will have a better understanding of embryonic stem cells and why some people may benefit from it, as it may help to cure some diseases.
Embryonic stem cell research is so controversial because society is judging whether or not taking stem cells from days old embryos is immoral, or if doctors should look past the cons and do what is necessary to eventually preserve many lives. While stem cell research has received an abundance of support from people who believe it has the potential to treat and remedy disease, many others oppose embryonic stem cell research because it ultimately causes the destruction of an embryo, what they consider to be a human life. Which brings on the question, when does life begin. The answer is opinionated. Many people disagree on when life begins; some people believe that an embryo is a human and some believe that they are not human until the first heartbeat.
Doctors and scientists have been successful at cloning artificial organs for transplant patients. They have also helped parents artificially conceive (Controversial). There may one day be a cure for cancer with the help of genetic experimentation and development. Stem cells have quite the history. The history of stem cells has been negative due to debates and controversy.
The ethical question on why stem cells are controversial is “Is using stem cells from embryos right?” However, the question when politicians are included changes to “How can we fund research to killing potential people for their stem cells?” The definition of an embryo is altered from court case to court case to fit the need of the problem, making it more difficult to differentiate a fertilized egg from a person and halting progress to the stem cell industry. Taking into consideration the possible positive outcomes versus the sacrifice of an embryo is indeed debatable, but given a chance could have a clear answer to those ethical questions. Deciding what side of the ethical spectrum to fall under is complicated, but we ought to allow embryonic stem cell research for the sake of survival. Deciding if it is right to use embryonic stem cells means we should understand the process of obtaining them and where they are taken from. A stem cell is an unspecialized cell that our body produces to make all of our specialized cells.
Many people are against embryonic stem cell research and the main reason is because in order to obtain the embryonic stem cells the early embryo has to be destroyed. People view this as destroying a potential human life. Even though the embryo has to be destroyed in order to do research on them it can actually lead to new medical treatments. These new medical treatments may help thousands of people with the suffering that they have to go through every day. So... ... middle of paper ... ...hical to use embryonic stem cells received from donated unused embryos for medical purposes?” Out of those 24 Participants four of them strongly disagreed, leaving the other 20 saying they did strongly agree.
Patients suffering from tissue injuries and genetic disorders can be administered by these cells to restore damaged cells. Because of their said capabilities, these cells can serve as models for genetic disorders, and be used as a potent research tool to probe certain genetic disorders. With recent technological advancements, scientists are more than capable to use embryonic stem cells for research. However, embryonic stem cell research can be morally unsound. I have complete understanding of embryonic stem cell research, and its potential to end human suffering, however it is unethical to do so.
Admittedly, embryos often get discard or being store in freezer; many believe that instead they should be used for medical research, but human are not just mere materials for medical research after they died. In another word, embryonic stem cells researches from aborted babies are out of question. To summarize these embryonic stem cells can cure many diseases, but for that to happen the embryo will be destroyed. Even though there are some still believed in embryonic stem cells, stem cells researcher must not be allowed to use stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases because it is against religious philosophy, embryonic stem cells are not effective compare to adult stem cells, and stem cells can be obtain from other part of the body without harming in donors and had already cured diseases such as blood and immune disorders.
Stem cells offer exciting new opportunities in the field of science such as regenerating human body parts, but many people are still debating whether or not the use of stem cells is moral because using stem cells requires the destruction of embryos, and if embryos are not destroyed, then stem cells from bone marrow are used, which is often a very painful process (NIH 3). In order to understand why stem cells are so controversial and how they can benefit most humans across the world, one must have a background and understanding of stem cells. There are two types of stem cells; somatic stem cells and embryonic stem cells (NIH 3). Somatic stem cells are commonly referred to as adult stem cells because the name of comes from where they originate. Adult stem cells come from adults, and although adult stem cells do not have as much information as embryonic stem cells acquired by scientists yet, they are legal and used everyday in hospitals.
Embryonic stem cells work to help cure diseases because of the fact that they can turn into any cell type the body needs. Scientists can manipulate embryonic stem cells into the cells that their patients need. The major questions regarding stem cell research are is it morally permissible to destroy an embryo in search of cures of diseases? Those who are against embryonic stem cell research would argue that stem cell research destroys a potential human life. On the other hand, those who are for stem cell research would argue that genetic tests and stem cell research can help detect and find cures for diseases that as of right now have no cures.