Supreme court stem cell

Supreme court stem cell - Hannah Fischbach February 21,...

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Hannah Fischbach February 21, 2007 U.S. Government Patty Steen Should Stem Cell Research Be Stemmed? According to The American Heritage Science Dictionary , stem cells are an unspecialized cell found in embryos, fetuses and a small number of adult body tissues. They have the potential to develop into specialized cells or divide into other stem cells. The catch is that only the stem cells harvested from embryo or fetuses can develop into all types of differentiated cells; those harvested from mature tissue develop into a small number of specific types of cells. Stem cells have the potential to replace tissue damaged or destroyed by disease or injury and it is speculated that, if properly researched, stem cells may be the key to curing diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes. Stem cell harvesting, however, is a very controversial issue. Because stem cells harvested from adult tissue are limited in what they can become, stem cells from embryo and fetuses are highly coveted by researchers. People fear that by giving the choice of donating their aborted fetus to science, prospective mothers may have less guilt about having abortions. In embryonic stem cell research, the four-day-old embryos are necessarily destroyed when the stem cells are harvested from them, and it is to this destruction that many are opposed (Wertz 1). The destruction of these embryos, in fact,
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has been paralleled by many to abortion. Many religious groups believe that at the moment an egg is fertilized, it becomes a human and deserves the respect and dignity granted to humans outside the womb, therefore, both fetal and embryonic destruction is compared, by some, to murder. Since the 70’s the federal government has placed limits and constraints on spending government money for embryonic and fetal stem cell research. Worries not only about the rights of embryos and increases in abortion rates, but also about the rising possibility of cloning through stem cells, have recently arisen (Wertz 1). These concerns
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course AS 101 taught by Professor Steen during the Spring '07 term at Alaska Pacific University.

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