Stem Cells

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Stem Cells Pro and Cons

Stem cell research is perhaps one of the most controversial topics that exist today regarding health and science. It is strongly supported and equally protected ethical issues. “Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types (medical news today, 11/17/12).” So this research was discovered with “the detailed study of the biology of mouse stem cells led to the discovery, in 1998, of a method to derive stem cells from human embryos and grow the cells in the laboratory (stemcells.nih.gov, 11/17/12)”. The controversy is fueled by determined protest from pro-life organizations and the support from scientists around the world; although in this case of scientists, some do not support embryonic stem cell research but rather hold interest in adult or somatic stem cell research. Since this a topic of much debate, there are two sides to the story; there are pros to embryonic stem cell research, there are cons. To begin with, there is a much unknown fact about embryonic stem research; the embryos used are a product of in vitro fertilization. According to scientists, the embryos are four days old; these embryos will not be used by the parents and are donated to research, with the parent’s consent. Many think that this is very unethical; the argument is that embryos are living organisms. Some believe that embryonic stem cell research is unethical and should not be allowed. One reason why people argue that embryonic stem cell research is unethical is because destroying a human life in the hopes that another human life might be saved. Some even believe “this to be the same as murder (AboutPopularIssues.org)”. An egg that has been fertilized should hold the significance of a human even if it is within the first few weeks of fertilization. Life should never be compromised regardless of when you believe that it is started because it is a gift from God. Stem cell research has the potential to...
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