Stem Cell Essay

1366 Words May 10th, 2013 6 Pages
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The debate and controversy on stem cell research is so pervasive and passionate that we can get lost in the argument. Let us first explain what the definition of stem cell is: A stem cell is a “generic” cell that can make exact copies of itself indefinitely. In addition, a stem cell has the ability to produce specialized cells for various tissues in the body such as heart muscle, brain tissue, and liver tissue. Scientists are able to maintain stem cells forever, developing them into specialized cells as needed. There are two basic types of stem cell:
Embryonic stem cells- these are obtained from either aborted fetuses or fertilized eggs that are left over from in vitro fertilization (IVF). They are useful for medical and
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Those that promote this point of view would have you believe that life at conception and at the prime of life and at termination are the same values. To set straight this persistent concept, just ask yourself, if you had to decide between the life of a beloved member of your family in their prime or a one day old embryo, wouldn't the decision be obvious.
When we hear about stem cell research one tends to not pay attention to what it is. But when the media begins to talk about it and show society what the debate and controversy surrounding stem cell research is about, then we begin to listen and ask questions about what stem cell research is. We live in interesting and exciting times and not a day goes by without reading news media accounts reporting on the unbelievable pace of medical technology advancement. But these advancements, as welcome as they may be, often lead us into difficult bioethical dilemmas.
Embryonic stem cell research gets most of the media's attention, but adult stem cell research has actually been far more successful in providing cures for serious illnesses and it does so without harming human life in the process. But
Stem Cell 4 who is going to fund this so call wonderful break through in medical technology? Many Californians support stem cell research but are unwilling to give drug and biotech companies a blank taxpayer check to develop it. In November 2004 California voters approved Prop 71 which

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