Scientists are in dire need of stem cells, they are targeting young women to get them without disclosing all possible health risks. Researchers are offering ridiculous amounts of money to college women for their eggs. USA Today published an article on the March 16, 2006 cover, titled “Egg Donor Business Booms on Campus.” The article stated that college girls of certain ages and IQ’s were offered up to ten thousand dollars to be injected with hormones so they could produce more eggs. The eggs were surgically extracted, then used for stem cell research, and in some cases cloning.
The thought of saving lives and possibly curing diseases with stem cells is fascinating, but at what cost? Studies have shown that the effects of the injected hormones used to shut down the ovaries have caused serious health problems including amnesia, chest pain, difficulty breathing, infertility, depression, sever joint pain, hypertension and asthma. In severe cases, it has led to Ovarian Hyperstimulation and even death (BiogeneticsDefenseFundinfo@bdfund.org) (The Center for Genetics and Society). Women were also given a drug for surgery preparation. The effects of this drug caused 325 hospitalizations and 25 deaths (Pro-Choice Alliance Against Prop 71).
Removing stem cells kills the embryo, which many people refer to as murder. Human cloning could be developed from embryos, which raises ethical concerns. Without much trust in ...
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... research. The amount of cell lines available for research will rise from 20 to about 700 (Timetoast.com). Funding research is giving Scientists an opportunity to watch diseases grow and learn why the diseases are happening in the first place, lending a hand for possible cures. Hopefully, lifting the ban and providing funding for research will decrease conglomerates from turning to the public for embryos.
Warning Issued for Egg Donors, Palo Alto News (May 27, 2005)
(Biogenetics Defense Fund email@example.com).
Pro-Choice Alliance Against Prop 71
*Sourced from the Stem Cell Research Foundation
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