Stem_Cell_Research_Paper 2

Stem_Cell_Research_Paper 2 - "Stem Cell Research from Every...

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“Stem Cell Research from Every Angle” People have different perspectives based on their beliefs and the influences peers and family have placed on them over time. The stem cell debate comes from science and ethics. Stem cell research involves isolating stem cells from the blastula stage of embryonic development and determining what types of cells can be induced to form and then seeing if they can be used to replace diseased or damaged cells in another individual (Baker). Much of the debate about stem cell research involves the moral status of embryos. While some believe that research can lead to medical breakthroughs in cloning and genetic selection, many find the practice to be unnatural and ultimately dangerous. People have formed a variety of different opinions due to the numerous aspects of stem cell research. In order to understand the many issues surrounding the debate on stem cell research it is important to have a clear grasp on the motive behind the practice. Many researchers believe that stems cells possess unlimited application in the treatment and cure of many diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, strokes, etc. By conducting further research, doctors and scientists hope to unveil medical breakthroughs. Hypothetically speaking, with the right amount of medical research, diseases now thought to be incurable could cease to be a notorious problem. The possibility of finding a cure for cancer instills scientists with excitement; however, this process is dramatically without the assistance of government funding. Currently, the excitement is not internalized by the pro-life supporters because they have not seen enough evidence to believe that this hypothetical situation could actually occur.
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Stem cells are categorized into two groups: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Scientifically speaking, an embryonic stem cell is a primitive type of cell that can be coaxed into developing into most of the 220 types of cells found in the human body (Robinson). According to Robinson some researchers regard stem cells as offering the greatest potential for the alleviation of human suffering since the development of antibiotics. Over 100 million Americans and two billion other humans worldwide suffer from diseases that may eventually be treated more effectively with stem cells or even cured. These include heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer (Robinson). Stem cells can be withdrawn from very young embryos. They are typically taken from surplus frozen embryos left over from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures at fertility clinics. According to Robinson, a couple undergoing IVF is faced with four options for their 16 or so surplus embryos: 1. Have them discarded. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 335 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at University of Tennessee.

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