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Havemann 1 Julie Havemann Professor Shaw Comp 101 26 October 2003 Stem Cell Research Stem cell research is an ongoing controversial issue. What exactly is stem cell research? How would this type of research affect peoples lives? What are stem cells? Where do they come from and what are their uses in the human body? What diseases and medical conditions could be helped if not eventually cured completely? Scientists are very optimistic regarding stem cell research. Whether or not that research will be allowed to continue, in an unobstructed, way is still to be decided. How much do you know about stem cell research? Most people have heard that it may be the new miracle cure of the century. However, many of these same people don't know that the research has been around for more then twenty years. Only recently, in the past few years, has there been a major step made in the cultivation of human embryonic stem cells(Nature Publishing Group). ...read more.


Stem cells can eventually be used to help people with spinal chord injuries, liver cells to repair a damaged organ, diabetes and neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Lou Gehrigs disease. In addition, many types of cancer and birth defects, which scientists believe are abnormal cells that are out of control, may be slowed or stopped all together (Stem Cell Research Foundation). Replacing these with healthy stem cells could have amazing results. The potential benefits are astounding. Stem cells come from a number of places in the body. Havemann 3 The type of cell that has the best potential to develop into other tissues, are the stem cells from early embryos. These are usually left over from infertility treatments, or are created just for research. Other locations of stem cells are in blood cells from the umbilical chord removed after birth. Still others come from germ cells or organs of an aborted fetus. ...read more.


Havemann 4 When vaccinations first were discovered people were opposed to the thought of injecting the disease into their bodies in order to prevent the disease. The lack of knowledge is a scary thing. Preventing stem cell research may in fact promote unregulated and potentially unethical research (Research Unregulated). We have the knowledge and the know how to use it. It so easy to say no to something we don't understand. The possibilities of so many potential cures lie in lab and cannot be accessed because we as a people haven't decided if the research is ethical or not. Many opponents believe that any research on human embryos, which keeps them from developing into a human life, is the same as abortion. Then again, you have opponents like Senator Orrin Hatch who is anti-abortion but pro stem cell research (Cohen, CNN Interview). If we can draw a line in the sand between abortion and research on an embryo the results could be life saving. Lets just not waste too much time arguing about it. The next life saved could be your own. ...read more.

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