The Great Stem Cell Debate

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The Great Stem Cell Debate What’s All the Fuss? Laura Alfonso University of Phoenix/Axia College Insert a page break to start a new, separate page from your entire text. Don’t just use the return button to get you to a new page. If you make corrections, it changes the formatting of the pages. The Great Stem Cell Debate What’s all the Fuss? TAB “Every twelve minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list” (Donate life America, 2009) (para. 1&2). The National Center for Health Statistics (2008) website states “652,051 people die every year of heart disease, 75,119 die of diabetes, 43,901 die of nephritis, nephritic syndrome, and nephrosis [kidney disease].” According to Donate life America…show more content…
Pro-lifers do not seem to have a problem with this. Their problem only seems to be with using the stem cells from these embryos for life saving research. Does not the need of the many, outweigh the need of the few? (Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan, 1982) This researcher believes that it does. According to The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2009) “After researchers isolate stem cells from a human embryo, the cells often replicate indefinitely, creating a ‘cell line’” (para. 16). Furthermore, The AAAS (2009) states, “Scientists raised concerns about these cells centering on five questions: whether the cell lines were indeed robust stem cell colonies; whether the procedures used to create the cells were consistent with high ethical standards; whether the different cell lines had sufficient genetic diversity; whether cells produced from the cell lines would be safe for implantation in humans; and whether the owners of the cell lines would make them available to researchers in a timely fashion and at a reasonable cost period” (para. 20). New paragraph? The box below contains information on the number of cell lines in existence and at the names of the laboratories where they are located as of August 9, 2001, according to a statement put out by the NIH. (American Association for the Advancement of Science 2009)
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