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Unformatted text preview: Stem Cell Research What is a stem cell Why stem cell research is important The ethical and moral issues associated with it What is a stem cell? A single cell that can either replicate itself or differentiate into many types of cells. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate themselves or become specialized cells. Why is stem cell research important? The cell's ability to regenerate. The development of hematopoietic stem cells. What are the ethical and moral issues associated with stem cell research? The involvement of embryonic stem cells. The issue of cloning. Conclusion What a stem cell is Why stem cell research is being done The ethical and moral issues associated with stem cell research. Final Quote Christopher Scott, a leader in the field of stem cell research, once said in an article published by the San Francisco Business Times in December of 2005, "We face great moral hazards here. The first one is choosing ignorance over knowledge, a dangerous precedent for any society. The second one is allowing politics -- and politicians -- to intrude on the will of a majority of Americans. Third, and most important, is not honoring our obligations to those among us who suffer. Our decisions today will determine whether history regards America at the beginning of the twenty-first century as embarking on a new path of enlightenment or retreating to a dark and pessimistic time." ...
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- Spring '07