The Ethics Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Sirisha Chintalapati
Mr. Gulyas
American Government
16 December 2014
The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
In the 21st century, disease is rampant and for most diseases, we have no cure because we haven 't researched them long enough to find a specialized cure. One option that we have is human embryonic stem cell (HESC) research. HESC research consists of using human embryonic stem cells, which are very flexible and adaptive to create the necessary cells to develop future cell-based therapies for currently untreatable diseases, such as leukemia, various types of cancer along with the regeneration of organs and tissues. There are multiple applications of stem cell research include being used to study the development of a complex organism, replace damaged cells and treat disease, study disease and they could provide a resource for testing new medical treatments. (What are the potential applications.) HESC research offers the “hope of cures for chronic and debilitating conditions, such as juvenile diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries and blindness.” (Vestal.) On the other hand, this research also represents “a revolutionary path to discovering the causes and cures for many more human maladies.” (Vestal.) Stem cells were started being used for treatment during the late 1950’s but until 1996, there were no major political involvements. In 1996, the Dickey-Wicker Amendment was passed, named after the representatives Jay Dickey and Roger
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