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Should stem cell research be allowed?

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HUMAN AWARENESS ESSAY Stem Cells Should stem cell research be allowed? Stem cell research has been a major biological breakthrough in recent years. It has great potential to help people and ease suffering. But there is also a moral question raised about stem cell research, and that comes from the source of stem cells. Ever since Stem Cell research started, there has been much debate over whether or not it should be allowed. Some people are completely against stem cell research because the stem cells are often taken from aborted pregnancies, they consider it murder. While others want stem cell research to continue because it can help ease people's suffering and cure disease. There are already certain restrictions (in many countries) on much of the research and it is unclear if these restrictions will be lifted. Stem cells have the ability to divide rapidly. These cells are unspecialized or 'blank' cells meaning they have no purpose as of yet, under the right conditions they can become cells with special functions like heart or liver cells. ...read more.


Scientists are more interested in embryonic stem cells then adult stem cells because they are grown easily in laboratories and seem to be able to become any kind of cell. Adult stem cells can only generate cells of the tissue they reside in, so for example nerve stem cells can only produce nerve cells and would not be able to make blood cells. Many scientists predict in the future stem cells may be able to treat diseases like Diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Stem cells have caused a lengthy morale debate worldwide. When discussing the impact of stem cell research there are two ways it can be seen. First of all there is the side for stem cell research; stem cells have the ability to help cure certain disease and also help repair damaged organs and thus the potential to save lives and alleviate pain, they also have other potential benefits. On the other hand stem cells are often taken from embryos and foetuses which many people consider immoral because the embryos and foetuses are being robbed of their potential life and they have the same rights as a person. ...read more.


Some of the research has certain restrictions on it. In the United States in 2001 President Bush announced he would allow federal funding towards the embryonic stem cell research, but also said funding would be prohibited for new lines of cells that involve the creation and destruction of additional embryos. The National Institute of health is in charge of stem cell management in the US. Australia is allowed to research embryonic stem cells as well but is also restricted in the fact they are not allowed to clone new lines. So far the United Kingdom is the only country to legalize therapeutic cloning. In my personal opinion stem cell research is a good thing and should be allowed to continue unabated. The benefits and possibilities are way too great to prevent it. It can alleviate human suffering and pain that would have been previously untreatable. I also believe that the embryos and foetuses do not have the same rights as a human because they are not yet developed into human beings at this state. There should be no restrictions in the methods of research and more money should be put into researching so that important breakthroughs can be made. This research has the ability to revolutionise medical treatment. ...read more.

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This is a good report on the ethical issues concerning stem cell research.

The scientific theory was good but could have gone in to slightly more depth explaining the role of stem cells in the body and how they can differentiate to become specialised.

This report would also have benefited from being more formal and using fewer colloquial terms such as 'on the other hand' etc.

The sources given in the bibliography are very good and would aid any report in to stem cell research.

Marked by teacher Jon Borrell 18/07/2013

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