An aborted fetus sits in a jar on the table next to the doctor. Normally the doctor would dispose of it right away, but today he is sending it off to a research lab. This unwanted child may hold the key to life for someone. Stem cells. They are the most basic cells in the body. When a fetus begins to develop, stem cells in its body are blank. They may become a hair cell, a heart cell, or maybe even a brain cell. Now that the fetus is no longer wanted, and the stem cells are removed, we maybe able to use these cells to help the sick and dieing people. The use of stem cells in research is very beneficial to our society from helping to cure diseases and growing organs that would not be rejected by the host, helping with the degeneration of terminally ill patients. But it also hurts because intellectual and financial resources, in the short term and long term, are being exported. Opponents to stem cell research believe that by using an unborn fetus that we are ruining the sanctity of life. On the contrary, we are actually valuing the sanctity of life to the person that needs the stem cells to live.
There are many diseases that can be helped or even cured by using stem cells. With the health of the American populace steadily declining, stem cells could help not only the incurable diseases but the average health problems too. A burn victim would be able to have skin grown for him and graphed on. They may also be able to help with recovering the damage done to his nerves. Male baldness could be helped as well. Patients would no lover have to wait on a long list for a liver transplant, they may have one grown just for them. Also, their body would not reject the new transplant because it would be grown using their own DNA. In 2004, a woman with arthritis had gotten a stem cell transplant from a sibling. Even before she was released from the hospital her arthritis was completely gone. There are many incurable diseases that stem cells... [continues]
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