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#1 14 years ago

Hey, What are all your opinions on stem cell research

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.

I am quite for stem cell research, the positives far outweigh any negatives.

Stem cells offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat myriad diseases, conditions, and disabilities including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There is almost no realm of medicine that might not be touched by this innovation.

Well yeah there are some quotes as evidence of my opinion. Post yours. Nice Pub Topic :)




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#2 14 years ago

Here is an old-ass report I did from about 3 years ago, and please, ignore the crappy reading level: Human Life Need Be Undefined Stem Cell research is a very controversial issue in today’s opinionated society. Although the use and research of stem cells can greatly benefit mankind through the medical field, this is of course not without sacrifice. Stem cells are derived from human embryos, a group of cells that either has the potential for life (similar to a human fetus) or whose life was terminated (i.e., an abortion). These stem cells, taken from human embryos, can act as specialized cells with a specific function, throughout the entire body. Basically, a group of stem cells taken from an umbilical cord, when given the right signal from a stimulant, can now act as a nerve cell, and can help a patient suffering from paralysis by replacing his broken nerve bridge from his/her brain to their body, or replace dysfunctional nerves. The big debate, however, is not about stem cell research itself, but about how stem cells are obtained. Since most stem cells are derived from human embryos, the embryos from which they are obtained are destroyed in the process of extracting the stem cells. The Roman Catholic Church feels that “Stem cell research itself is not wrong, but creating and/or destroying human life in order to “mine” stem cells is.” (americancatholic.org, article “ Stem-Cell Research, author: Thomas A. Shannon). This fact coming from the realization that the Roman Catholic Church feels that a human embryo’s are indeed truly alive, breathing human beings, even though in reality they are a group of cells. To quote Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on the matter of stem cells and the Catholic church’s opinion, “The Spare embryo in a petri dish is not human life.” ( tucsoncitizen.com, article “ CON: Embryo in petri dish alive, to remove stem cells kills it”, author: C. Ward Kischer, July 30, 2001) Many supporters of Stem Cell research believe that human embryos are not alive, since they only have the potential for life; and they also support the ability to obtain stem cells from abortions. The one fact that many critics of stem research fail to realize is that abortions are practiced in clinics everyday, and would it not be wasteful for these embryos that have already been aborted and destroyed not be used for stem cell research? This is something that the church has failed to realize, which is evident from the statement made by Pope John Paul II stated to President Bush on 7/23/01. "A free and virtuous society… which America aspires to be, must reject practices that devalue and violate human life at any stage from conception until natural death." ( americancatholic.org, article “Stem cell research and the Catholic Church”) On August 9th, 2001 President George W. Bush announced limited funding for Stem Cell research for stem cells that had already been extracted from human embryos; further more, he also prohibited further destruction of human embryos solely for the development of stem cell research. This implies that President Bush feels that since abortions are already performed, they should be utilized for the benefit of mankind. Previously, President Clinton had an administration policy for federal funding on Stem Cell research; a policy President Bush is considering whether or not to be put to use. The United States was established to be a free form of government, a country where the citizens of the United States have a free form of voice in the laws and legislatures of the country. It is because of this alone that the fate of open Stem Cell research rests on the public, since it is that the representatives in the government are only in their place because of the citizens. Recently, a poll was conducted on abc.com concerning the support of stem cell research. The results, unlike the many critics who are high in number, are staggering. They show that most of the general public supports federal funding, with 60% supporting (60%/31%) and they morally support the use and derivation of Stem Cells with 58 % morally support it (58%/31%). The President can now hopefully determine if federal funding of Stem Cell research, even if under global scrutiny, since of course, it is a government for the people. However, I failed to mention earlier that Embryonic stem cells are the only way stem cells can be derived. Adult stem cells can be obtained from a species adult form. However the Stem Cells derived from the adult(s) cannot be transformed into as many specialized cells that Embryonic Stem Cells can. The reason for this is Embryonic Stem Cells are in the early development stage and have yet to serve a function in the body, as to where Adult Stem Cells already have fully grown and are performing tasks within the body. However ironic my next research statement may seem, it is possible that through further research upon Stem Cells can result in the adaptation of Adult Stem Cells to be able to transform into as many varieties of specialized cells in the body as Embryonic Stem Cells can. A fact of irony that is quite tragic, since in order to improve stem cell research you must research stem cells that are not allowed to be researched as of the current status quo of the world’s vast array of opinions. The field of medicine is always advancing in both its fields of study, and its fields of practice. However never has it been that both of these fields been so controversial when Stem Cells are mentioned in any discussion. A discussion of Stem Cells no longer is just the representation of the facts, as stated above, but it merely boils down to a heated debate, a battle between both the ethics involved, or in this case waved, the benefits Stem Cells can provide, and possibly even one’s religious point of views. No longer should people merely decide on another practice based upon the teachings of what they worship or idealize, they should decide for themselves what Stem Cell research can do, and not what their organization says it cannot.




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#3 14 years ago

as far as i'm concerned its a non-issue. people who oppose stem-cell research are too set in upholding their foolish fundamentalist traditions to even consider that if you could call it taking life from that which is not yet truly alive, that it is one unrealized life to the possible thousands of lives it is saving. but, as with most problems in the world, we have religion to be oh SO thankful for, making it ever harder for me to get out of bed in the morning.




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#4 14 years ago

I agree, stem cell recearch is neccary! I know that we will have to "kill" an embryo (its not even murder IMO, the embryos can't think or feel anything). I rather "kill" 1000 embryos and cure cancer/Parkinson/Alzheimer/etc. then that i would allow 1000 "real" lifes to come to end. The pro's outweight the cons so i support this research (we discussed and learned about this subject in "ANW" (General Nature Science) and there we came to the same conclusion.




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#5 14 years ago
bnyas far as i'm concerned its a non-issue. people who oppose stem-cell research are too set in upholding their foolish fundamentalist traditions to even consider that if you could call it taking life from that which is not yet truly alive, that it is one unrealized life to the possible thousands of lives it is saving. but, as with most problems in the world, we have religion to be oh SO thankful for, making it ever harder for me to get out of bed in the morning.

i actually agree with bny on this one. god i hate organized religion.




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#6 14 years ago
bnyas far as i'm concerned its a non-issue. people who oppose stem-cell research are too set in upholding their foolish fundamentalist traditions to even consider that if you could call it taking life from that which is not yet truly alive, that it is one unrealized life to the possible thousands of lives it is saving. but, as with most problems in the world, we have religion to be oh SO thankful for, making it ever harder for me to get out of bed in the morning.

I'm in total agrreance with you on this subject. Stem Cell research is absolutely necessary for the future as we need to conquer the diseases that afflict us today (cancer, HIV/AIDS).




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#7 14 years ago

i think stem cell research will be the next big thing after the vaccines if properly pursued




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#8 14 years ago

Who cares if 1000 specs are killed? They are not lives, they can be,..but they don't even have arms or legs... If people say they embryos are people, then we shouldn't be eating eggs.




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#9 14 years ago

I agree, it's utterly rediculous that there are so many people trying to outlaw stem cell research, when it's so obvious that the benefits out-weigh the risks.




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#10 14 years ago

Some people feel it is morally wrong. Some people also prefer following their morals more then their brains. Nothing wrong with that.

Screw the little things though. If they can save my grandpa from Altzheimerz, it is worth it.