Stem Cells

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The ability to use embryonic stem cells in research leads to major medical breakthroughs; the use of stem cells should be permitted and supported. Stem cells have the ability to acquire cures for diseases such as: Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Alzheimer's, Cancer, and vast amounts of other diseases. Ethical and Religious beliefs influence peoples outlook on embryonic stem cells which can give embryonic stem cells a bad image. But, the truth is, embryonic stem cells give hope to many people suffering from diseases that, at this point in time, have no cure. "In the end, it's possible that human beings may die so that embryos will live. This is not an ethical dilemma. It is an ethical travesty" (Cohen,... View More »

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In 2007 scientists from the University of Washington used, "human embryonic stem cells…to regrow the heart muscles of rats that had survived lab-induced heart attacks" (Ostrom, p.1). Embryonic stem cells grow into muscle tissue presenting the possibility to find the cure for heart attacks. Although "only a tiny percentage of the stem cells were actually becoming heart-muscle cells" (Ostrom, 2007, p.2) there was still about 10 percent of the damaged heart area being restored, which was enough to stop the progression of heart failure (Ostrom, 2007, p. 2). The study preformed ran for four weeks and it was too soon to see the effects of this heart tissue restoration treatment, but the treatment itself looked very promising. Researchers are advancing in their progress towards many discoveries, like a cure for HIV and restoring heart tissue, but they need the proper support from the government. Without this resource researchers would not have the funding to support research.
Proper Support from the Government is Necessary to Grow in Knowledge About Embryonic Stem Cells.
To have medical and scientific growth, proper funding is necessary to fuel research. In 2009 "President Barack Obama lifted the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research" (Greenwood, 2009, p. 1). Weeks after this ban was lifted scientists "announced a stem-cell breakthrough" (Greenwood, 2009, p. 1). These doctors, using stem cells, developed a therapy that reverses the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. "Doctors used stem-cell transplants to "reset" patient's immune systems" ...

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