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Topic: Should Stem Cell Research be permitted? Section I: Definition of the Issue A. Description of the Problem Embryonic stem cells are stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst, which is an early-stage embryo. These cells are pluripotent, that is, they are able to separate into all of the three primary germ layers: ectoderm, endoderm, and mesoderm. These include more than 220 cell types in the adult body. While embryonic stem cells can generate all cell types in the body, adult stem cells are limited. Furthermore, under certain conditions, embryonic stem cells are capable of spreading themselves endlessly. This allows embryonic stem cells to be used as tools for both research and medicine, because they can produce limitless numbers of themselves for continued research or clinical use (Goldstein, & Schneider, 2010). These cells have potentially unlimited ability for self-renewal. Embryonic stem cell therapies have been projected to help advance medicine and tissue replacement after injury or disease. Diseases that could potentially be treated by embryonic stem cells include a countless amount such as cancers, juvenile diabetes; Parkinson's; blindness and spinal cord injuries. If further research is done on embryonic stem cells, it could lead to a higher life span for individuals and be better economically for our society (Hart, & Ponnuru, 2010). However, much controversy does arrive with the concept of embryonic stem cell research. With little success shown this research has become timely and costly. Stem cell debates have angered people that are pro-life, who are concerned with the rights and status of the embryo as an early-aged human life. They believe that embryonic stem cell research is considered the same as murder. The basic claim of those who oppose embryonic stem cell research is the belief that human life is sacred. To them human life begins when a sperm cell fertilizes an egg cell to
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form a single cell. Yet a portion of stem cell researchers use embryos that were created but not used in in vitro fertility treatments to derive new stem cell lines. Most of these embryos are to be destroyed, or stored for long periods of time, long past their viable storage life. In the United States alone, there have been estimates of at least 400,000 such embryos. This has led some opponents of abortion, such as Senator Orrin, to support human embryonic stem cell research (Devolder, 2010). B. Identification of interested parties People of all ages can be affected by embryonic stem cell research. These cells may have the ability to cure diseases that range from children to adults. Scientists are directly affected by this, since they are the ones doing the research. They obviously believe there is hope in this case that is why they still continue to do this testing. Doctors are indirectly related to this issue they just hope one day a cure can be found to help their patients. Then there are the patients with diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkisons that support this research in hope that it can help benefit them
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