The Ethics Of Fetal Stem Cell Research

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Despite the new technological advances that bring promise to many medical treatments, few issues cause concern when implementing the research into clinical studies. Many ethical dilemmas slow the progression of research due to the variety of opinions influenced by moral beliefs. Resembling abortion, the process of fetal stem cell research includes destruction of the embryo five to seven days after conceived, in order to obtain the needed stem cells. Stem cells main function is to divide and regenerate into new more specially designed cells. In 1981, mice stem cells were obtained but over ten years later, researchers were able to extract stem cells from human embryos. It is believed the stem cells of a human embryo could better the treatments of birth defects, diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer. The finding of these stem cells and their uses established a moral standstill within medicine and society. Besides fetal stem cells, adult stem cells are also researched for new therapies yet are not as effective. According to the National Institutes of Health (2015), the stem cells obtained from an embryo are analyzed in order “to identify how undifferentiated stem cells become the differentiated cells that form the tissues and organs.” Many diseases are caused by an abnormality of cell division and cause the body to decline in health over time. The most common disease of abnormal cell growth is cancer, which destroy body tissues. Although there are
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