Essay on Stem Cell Research: An Ethical Interpretation

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A disturbing number of human lives are cut short by terminal illnesses and injuries out of doctors’ control. Imagine if the world did not have to fear these dreadful curses. Imagine if the solution to these sicknesses was inside the very people they torment. Stem cell research is undeniably a heated topic in today’s world. Supporters claim it is saving lives, however, from the opposition, it is viewed as murderous. Both sides present a strong argument and have respectable pros and cons. Despite the opposing side’s argument, it is in the United States’ best interest to invest tax money into stem cell research because it has already proved successful in advancing out nation scientifically, saving human lives, and can be researched…show more content…
Embryonic stem cells are found in the early stages of the development of an embryo, while adult stem cells are found in fetuses to adults of developed organisms (Stem Cell Research). Cells are constantly dying and getting damaged, so adult stem cells continually replace and repair the dead or damaged cells (Sanders). The embryonic stem cells are able to divide and repair organs, bone marrow, muscle, blood, and skin cells, but adult stem cells are usually only able to work with cells from its extracted origin (Stem Cell Research). It is easy to see how stem cells could be extremely valuable to science and medicine.
The healing capabilities of stem cells have unbounded potential. They are hypothesized to cure fatal illnesses, such as cancer, and repair deadly injuries, like brain damage, and in some cases have already proved themselves successful. They have also helped scientists better understand neurotoxicity, which is important information when applied to engineering new chemicals for medication (Betts). Stem cell transplants are
Strayer 3 used to replenish stem cell levels in bone marrow after a disease has wiped out the body’s supply. By injecting the marrow with a new aid of stem cells, the body can battle the disease for much longer than without them (Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant). In some instances, this could be a time interval that makes the difference of saving the patient’s life.
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