Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Rough Draft

Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Rough Draft - Ashley Maier...

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Ashley Maier Dr. Monberg WRA 110 27 November 2007 Embryonic Stem Cell Research "As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist" I have concluded that we should allow federal funds to be used for research on these existing stem cell lines " where the life and death decision has already been made", This allows us to explore the promise and potential of stem cell research" without crossing a fundamental moral line by providing taxpayer funding that would sanction or encourage further destruction of human embryos that have at least the potential for life." – President George W. Bush Along with the new millennium came an extraordinary amount of advancements in the biomedical science world. Along with these advancements came one of the most exciting and debatable topics today: the use of human embryo blastocysts to develop into a series of cell types and treat diseases affecting 128 Americans. Most stem cells have limited potential to differentiate and can only form into certain cells. The only exception would be the embryonic stem cell, which has the potential to develop into all or nearly all of the cells and tissues in the body. Embryonic stem cells are therefore called pluripotent. Although derived from embryos, they cannot by any means develop into humans or animals by themselves (Holland 3). Because most biomedical research focuses on adult diseases, which can be broadly divided, the
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Maier use of adult stem cells would be very restricted making embryonic stem cells the obvious answer (Kiessling 3-5). Despite the biomedical research advances in the past 50 years, there is still much to be discovered in human biology and millions of people are still suffering from devastating diseases. Early human stem cell research is viewed by many as a key to understanding many of the most fundamental questions in basic and clinical biology that can lead to treatments and cures, and ultimately save lives (Stem Cell Research Basics: Introduction). The University of Wisconsin – Madison was just recently given a $7.2 million grant to explore the potential of embryonic stem cells to treat atmospheric lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. With the use of embryonic stem cells, incurable and fatal diseases such as this may have a chance to be treated. There are currently more than 60 existing stem cell lines that are being federally
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