Stem Cell Research Stem cell research has always been a controversial subject and will always be debated. The idea of taking a stem cell out of a baby that has not been born yet, and put in somebody else to save their life seems morally wrong to some people. Other people us playing god and altering his work to perfect our selves. But there are people that look at it and say is it both a miracle of science and see the future brighter than they did because of it. Stem cell research was started in 1998 by researchers at the University of Wisconsin. There are two major types of stem cell research, embryonic and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are taken when the child is four to five days old and consist of about a hundred and fifty cells. Adult stem cells are found in everybody deep inside tissue and organs. Embryonic stem cell research is far more controversial than adult stem cell research because it does require a destruction of a fetus. President Bush announced that federal funds would be available to support limited human embryonic stem cell research. Most embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro, and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. Virto is a lab based fertilization technique used to turn the cells into what the scientist want them to be. Scientist now know how to turn cirtian genes on and off to help cure some diseases. A great deal of adult stem cell research has focused on clarifying their capacity to divide or self-renew indefinitely and their differentiation potential. Stem cell research is morally right if the donors agree to it. Stem cells have the potential to save many lives, and in some cases, safer. Predictably controlling cell proliferation and differentiation requires additional basic research on the molecular and genetic signals that regulate cell division and specialization. With stem cells, you are able to control what they turn into.
Stem Cell Research
One of the numerous scientific topics that creates a great divide between Americans and political party platforms is the approval or disapproval of stem cell research. There is very firm support and opposition to this topic, and it can often provoke heated discussions amid the general public and those in academia. The core of the debate specifically revolves around embryonic stem cell research and the ethical implications that come with experimentation on human embryos.
Stem Cell Research
Stem cell research has been happening for 30 or more years through bone marrow transplants, but has only been a major debate for about the past ten years with the first isolation of embryonic stem cells (UMichigan). According to a popular issues website the definition of stem cells is, "… contrasted with "differentiated" cells. They offer much hope for medical advancement because of their ability to grow into almost any kind of cell” (Pros and Cons…). One of the main debates….
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Should Not Be Banned
According to John A. Robertson, co-chair of the ethics committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “In November 1998, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin and a team at Jonhs Hopkins University published reports of the first successful isolation and culturing of human ES cells”(qtd. in Ruse and Pynes, 121). For over a decade, many researchers have thought that human embryonic stem cells could be the “Holy….
Human stem cell research is a novel technology that will benefit society as a whole. This bold statement represents a current debate high on the ethical and political agendas across the globe. Although the potential benefits of using human stem cells in the treatment of diseases are vast and clear, their use remains controversial due to the public perception of their source and methods of extraction. However, it is undeniable stem cell research is key in the treatment and reversal of a range of medical….
Stem Cell Research |
Why is it controversial? |
Jessica Moss, Sabrina Sherrod, Bridget Sellers, Norlisha Taylor and Souriya Soukhaphanith |
Introduction (Background Information) (Jessica Moss) 4
Historical Development and Context, factors that drove the technology (Sabrina Sherrod) 5
Stem Cell Legislation(Jessica Moss) 8
Political Issues (Bridget Sellers) 9
Social and Psychological Issues (Norlisha Taylor) 12
Moral and Ethical Issues (Souriya Soukhaphanith) 14
Stem Cell Transplants
By: Team E
Table of Contents
Stem Cell Transplants 3
I. Description of stem cell research 3
II. The historical development of stem cell research 6
III. Economic questions and considerations 12
IV. Political and legal influences 19
V. Psychological considerations and sociological effects 25
VI. The technology in its cultural context, media influence 33
VII. Implications of the environment 40
The Animal Testing Debate 40….
Is Stem Cell Research Ethical?
Stem Cell Research
Stem Cell testing and research covers many different areas today. These cells are the basic center of where cells of any tissue in the body grow. Stem cells have the ability to grow into many different types of tissue that is why they are so unique. Stem Cells can be grown to replace almost any tissue that has been damaged or destroyed by disease. With so many diseases today that are said to be untreatable or have no cure….
Professor Derek J. Thiess
29th Nov, 2010
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Over the last decade the use of stem cells has been a controversial and heated topic. Debates have exploded over every aspect of stem cell research in nearly every region of the world. Every aspect of stem cell research has come under debate in nearly every region of the world. It has been speculated by scientists that stem cell research may have the power to potentially cure incredibly harmful diseases or….
from funding “research in which a human emryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.” Despite the induction of the amendment, in 1998 James Thompson of the University of Wisconsin released information showing that he had used cells from human embryos, which were then discarded, to devise stem cells, cells that are the initial undeveloped form of all human cells and can therefore be used to replace any damaged, diseased or disabled cell. Upon the release….
2/15/13 Period 2
Research on the use of embryonic stem cells has sparked controversial debates all over the United States. What makes them so controversial? It is where they come from. Embryonic stem cells are “blank cells” harvested from an early stage embryo that have the potential to turn into any kind of cell in the human body. Usually, these embryos are unused from in vitro fertilizations and would otherwise be thrown away. Embryonic stem cells have the potential to treat people with diseases….