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The Pros And Cons Of Stem Cells

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In the past several years there has been an issue brought up about scientists studying embryo stem cells. Scientists take an embryo to study its stem cells and learn more about cell development. These stem cells are typically taken from human embryos and grown in a laboratory because scientists believe that stem cells have great potential to develop into all other cells and tissues in the body. (“At Issue…”) They also have explored ways that stem cells might repair or replace damaged tissues related to spinal cord injuries, diabetes, and even Parkinson’s disease. A good number of those stem cells that are used in this research have resulted from days-old human embryos through a process that destroys human embryos. (“Stem Cell Research Gets a Reprieve.”) “In 2001, President George W. Bush restricted federal funding for research on stem cells obtained from human embryos because the technology required the destruction of human life.” (Park) This restriction was seen as a compromise that allowed future research while allowing the door to be open to the destruction of future human lives. This compromise is a touchy subject that not very many people are informed about. The stem cell research should not use an embryo because there are other ways of getting similar research results without taking a human life. Such as using bone marrow, using cord blood, or turning mature cells into stem-like cells. The majority of people believe that stem cell research is immoral and unethical because it is against their religion when scientists use a human embryo for their research.
Researchers argue that the government should not keep funding for stem cell research. Dr. William Hurlbut is in favor of stem cell research, but he is pushing for using oth...

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...ning back the clock when everything in the environment favors the opposite,” said Manuel Serrano, who is a researcher at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center. If researchers are successful in turning mature cells into stem-like cells, they could take cells in a pancreas that don’t produce insulin and transform them adequately to produce insulin; therefore, doctors could treat diabetes. This could turn back the clock for so many patients’ lives, but unfortunately not all the way back. “It means that every cell in the body may have the potential to regenerate a new organism.” said George Daley, a stem cell researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston. (Naik) This technique of turning mature cells into stem-like cells is still working out its kinks, but it has so much more potential and shouldn’t be over looked because it is more time consuming then using an embryo.