Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Essay

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Stem Cells are the centre point for all growth and development. The centre point of life. Without them, there would not be humans, animals or even germs. Thanks to them, we can modify and enhance the human body when in its foetal form. The fear that a child will be born with hereditary disease, mutations and disabilities haunts the dreams of people today more than ever. But what if we could guarantee our children could be born disease free and disability free? What if we could remove the gene that would give our children haemophilia? What if we could cure their Parkinson’s disease if they developed it? What if we could modify our children? But what will this mean for mankind? Will this lead to our race’s condemnation or amelioration?…show more content…
The cells have a wide variety of uses, from growing new organs for transplantation to repairing damaged tissue, repairing spinal cord injuries and creating skin replacements for burn victims. Research is ongoing into the use of stem cells to help cure immune disorders or make it all the more possible to rectify genetic diseases. One day in the future, the cells may even be used for mundane problems like hair and tooth replacement. However, HES cells discovery and the prospect of using them in medicine and for research has aroused a great deal of controversy throughout the general public. Even when presented with all the things Stem Cell research has to offer, supporters are met by an endless stream of religious and ethical questions, which require serious consideration: Is it fair, or just, that specific types of research go on, when it involves harvesting cells and then going on to terminate human embryos that are between four and seven days old? How do we know this will not lead to ‘human robots’?

The ethical questions surrounding stem cell research are split into two divergent points: the pursuit of medical research in order to develop old and create new therapeutics and cures versus the preservation and respect of human and embryonic life. As a populace, these are the two issues we must acknowledge to ensure we reflect the morals and values of our
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