the long one - Whitby 1 Sarah Whitby Professor Carter Eng...

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Whitby 1 Sarah Whitby Professor Carter Eng 101-46 6 December 2007 One Life to Save Another When does life start? Is it when the sperm and the egg meet or could it be when the cells start to get the appearance of a tiny human being? Is it ok to create life in a lab if it could save lives, give hope, and improve the life of many suffering people that are living with diseases? There are no simple yes or no answers to any of these questions; it’s all up to the viewpoint of each individual person. Stem cell research is necessary to provide a way to better the lives of the human race today and in the future. There is a conflict on embryonic stem cell research. One side says embryonic stem cell research is immortal and unnecessary. In the United States, there is a debate over whether stem cells from adults can be as effective in treating diseases as those from embryos. Based on ethical grounds the White House, which opposes the use of human embryonic stem cells, argues that the use of embryonic stem cells is unnecessary since adult stem cells are showing great promise. The majority of scientists state, “there is simply no substitute for the use of human embryonic stem cells if we are serious about delivering the medical advances that stem cells promise”(Okarma 57). A fetus just several weeks or even months after conception will start to get human characteristics such as tiny arms, legs, and even a brain. Abortion kills this tiny fetus. If the fetus is considered a human being then a life is at stake. “The stem-cell controversy is different. On one side is not a fetus some distance along the way to birth, but an embryo just days after
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Whitby 2 conception. You need a microscope to see it. And what you see is a few dozen cells. There is nothing physically human about it--nothing that even resembles the most primitive animal or plant. Any humanity you confer on it must derive from faith, not observation or logic” (Kinsley 18). Here is where the potential for stem cell research comes in to play. Not just one human life could be helped with this, but many lives by this small grouping of cells. The odds for this research are that more than one life will be saved for each of the embryos that were used in the end. There are many areas in medicine where stem cell research could have a significant impact. There are mixtures of diseases and injuries that happen to a patient that cause the cells or tissues to be destroyed so they have to be replaced by tissue or organ transplants. Stem cells may be able to make brand new tissue in these cases, and maybe even cure diseases, which no one thought possible. Diseases that could see revolutionary advances include Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, and burns (Phillips, “Biotech”). Stem cells are very special cells in the body. They are able to divide and renew
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