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Stem Cell Debate Reflection Over many years the use of stem cell research has been debated over, and it is yet inconclusive. My personal opinion on the use of stem cell research, highly regards the potential it holds to unveil a new beginning in the world of science. Imagine a world where one no longer has to suffer from their severe illness, or where someone is told that they will complete a miraculous recovery. This world is in our reach, and if we don't act upon it, we could be missing the opportunity of a lifetime. Summarizing the main points from the debate, the pro side said that stem cell research allows scientists to analyze different stem cells, and be able to replicate them for humans that are in need. It attempts to create a solution from different types of stem cells to heal the body and the organs that suffer. There are a variety of different kinds of stem cells in our body. The ability to be able to provide someone with aid from a serious disease like Parkinson's, is truly a miraculous discovery. ...read more.


As outlined in our arguments, the benefits from stem cell research are immense, and therefore it must be continued. An advantage of the use of stem cell research would be that it gives us great insights about the basics of the body. Doctors would be able to understand the human body much better and possibly save millions of lives. Diseases such as: Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Heart and Stroke Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, and even birth defects can be analyzed and cured thanks to the use of Stem cells. However the cons rebutted our argument with a real life example. This true story involves a teenager who was paralyzed and agreed to undergo stem cell implantation. For a while he had recovered, but soon it was discovered that he had started to get tumors in his body, causing even more pain. Although this is a sad story, I feel that the continuing of stem cell research is vital in scientific development. We must take small steps, and who knows, maybe one day we will be living in a world where all diseases can have cures. ...read more.


Imagine having the ability to return memory to an Alzheimer's patient, replace skin that was lost during a terrible accident or enable a wheelchair-bound person to walk again." 2) http://usliberals.about.com/od/stemcellresearch/i/StemCell1_2.htm "They believe that it is immoral to destroy a few-days-old human embryo, even to save or reduce suffering in existing human life. Many also believe that insufficient attention been given to explore the potential of adult stem cells, which have already been used to successfully cure many diseases. They also argue that too little attention has been paid to the potential of umbilical cord blood for stem cell research. They also point out that no cures have yet been produced by embryonic stem cell therapy." 3) http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/ "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." ...read more.

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