was to be mandated that all research be conducted in a responsible manner, and a promise that all the collection and data was to be scientifically worthy human stem cell research which means there is no excess of collection of embryonic stem cells and to use only what is already collected for other purposes. (Benjaminy, 2016) There was also mention that there should be a governing party to hold all science groups accountable for their research , the people responsible would be the National Institutes of Health . (NIH Stem Cell Task Force, 2002) Currently, there is no newer law or order dictating the research. Debate. Not until very recently that the only way to get stem cells for research that were able to grow into any cell type, like embryonic stem cells, was through removing the inner cell mass of an embryo, destroying the cell, and developing it in the lab. This idea caused some unease among the public as well as some of the scientific community. The concept of destroying one of these cells gives many people the idea that a life is being ruined as well. As mentioned earlier the embryonic stem cells are collected through feralization clinics, so the actual cells that are used for their intended purpose do go on to creating life. The remainder of cells goes on to be destroyed, in a sense, and used for scientific research. This is where the debate lies. (Meyer, 2010) Many people see this area as grey for it is up to induvial people to determine for their own belief, where does life begin? Does life start at the moment of fertilization, in the womb as the child develops, or at birth once the child is on its own? Because of the research from 2006, when scientist discovered the many excellent benefits of using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, such debates may be coming to an end and allowing for the full support of the public to further stem cell research. (Center for American Progress, 2009)
STEM CELL RESEARCH 8 There are two primary sides to this debate. People who say this science is wrong because it is potentially ending a future life through the destruction of an embryonic cell, and the other being the need to alleviate human pain and suffering through research. The idea behind those that support the science behind this research say it is a necessity to do this research because it not only helps create treatments and therapies for those in an extreme amount of pain and suffering, but it also allows scientists look into out genetic past and helps them to better map our genetic make-up that makes certain people so susceptible to specific ailments. The pro-science group claims that a cell is not exactly a child yet because unless a cell is embedded in the uterus wall, it will never develop into a baby. (Phillips, 2017) They say that every year fertility clinics create an excess of these cells that end up being destroyed anyway because they pick the most reliable cell to give the customers their best chance. They argue that those extra cells should be given to
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