The Debate Over Embryonic Stem Cell Research Essay

1342 Words May 28th, 2015 6 Pages
Millions of lives could be saved by advancing embryonic stem cell research. In recent years one of the most heated political battles in the United States has been over the morality of embryonic stem cell research. The embryonic stem cell debate has divided this country into those who believe that such research holds promises of ending a great deal of human suffering, while others condemn such research as involving the abortion of a potential human life. Embryonic stem cell research is a forward thinking approach to medicine, and key to unraveling the regenerative abilities that we have yet to fully unlock. The research could also lead to treatments that would improve the quality of life for millions more. Diseases that might be treated by transplanted cells generated from human embryonic stem cells include diabetes, spinal cord injury, ALS, heart disease, and vision and hearing degeneration. I support embryonic stem cell research because of its limitless potential to benefit humankind.
Embryonic stem cells, as their name suggests, are derived from embryos. As the National Institute of Health, our nation’s medical research agency is quick to point out, “most embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in an in vitro clinic and then donated for research purposes with the informed consent of the donors. They are not derived from eggs fertilized in a woman 's body” (NIH). Human embryonic stem cells are the cells from which all…

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