Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research

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Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research

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Stem Cell Research

 

The Pros of Stem Cell Research

Much of the excitement about stem cell research are the medical benefits around regenerative medicine and cloning. Stem cells do provide a large potential for finding treatments and cures to a vast array of diseases; cancers; diabetes, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's, MS, Huntington's, Parkinson's and many more. There is really endless potential in this research area.

The use of adult-derived stem cells, from blood, skin and other tissues, has been demonstrated to be effective for treating different diseases in animal models. Umbilical cord-derived stem cells have also been isolated and utilized for various experimental treatments. Another option is use of uniparental stem cells. Although these cells lines have some disadvantages or shortcomings compared to embryonic cell lines (they are short lived), there are a vast potential if research is funded. The best part is that the use of adult derived stem cells are not viewed as living by pro-life advocates.


The Cons of Stem Cell Research
The major con to stem-cell research is from the religious stance that life begins at conception and to destroy it to be used for research is immoral and wrong. Currently, the use of embryonic stem cells for research involves the destruction of the blastocysts formed from laboratory-fertilized human eggs.

 

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