Embryonic Stem Cell Research Provides Revolutionary and Life-saving Breakthroughs

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"Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway."
-- Stephen Hawking

The phrase “stem cell” calls to mind images of controversy: Pro-life picketers outside abortion and in-vitro fertilization clinics, patients with chronic disabilities waiting on a cure, scientists in a lab experimenting with a petri dish. These cells offer unimaginable opportunities for regenerative medicine because they can retain the ability to differentiate. Stem cells are classified as either adult or embryonic. Embryonic stem cells can
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In order for stem cell research to be considered morally justified by an individual, one would have to consider blastocysts to be cells that are 'living and human', rather than being a 'living human', or at least weigh the positive good that treatments derived from stem cells can provide against the negative drawbacks of destroying a potential life.

Studying cadavers was as equally a distasteful process in its own time, as stem cell research is to some people today. “[Dissection] was so reviled by the public that even in the nineteenth century, there was a near state of hysteria to prevent it.” However, most people today recognize that without it we would only have rudimentary knowledge of human anatomy, and a plethora of treatments and procedures would never have been discovered. Regardless, until 1719 the practice was heavily regulated in Great Britain, and “any physicians known to perform human dissections were excommunicated by the Church.”2 “Stem cell research...today is in many ways analogous to the treatment of dissections.” Stem cell research will contribute to modern medicine in ways we can only imagine, but it needs federal funding and guidelines to get there as soon as possible. Many Americans who have fallen victim to Multiple Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease no longer have the luxury of time, a commodity currently being wasted by political posturing to satiate a vocal and misleading minority. Stem cells

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