Issues behind stem cell research (Scientific ethics)
social and religious issues stem cell research is faced
THE SCIENCE: Researchers have successfully isolated
stem cells from five-day-old human embryos that were
created during in-vitro fertilization and that would
otherwise have been destroyed.
Unlike adult stem cells,
embryonic stem cells can develop into any one of more
than 200 tissues in the body, from insulin-producing
cells that may one day treat diabetes to heart cells
that may repair cardiac muscle.
THE ETHICS: Since the embryos were scheduled to be
tossed, many view this as the best compromise; others
believe generating tissue from human embryos is never
The major issue here is that of "Embryo Research
vs. Pro-Life Politics". If life begins during conception,
therefore, using embryonic cells would mean killing
a life for the benefit of scientific research. Is this
The Stem Cell Controversy
There exists a widespread controversy over stem cell research that emanates from the techniques used in the creation and usage of stem cells.
Embryonic stem cell research is particularly controversial because, with the present state of technology, starting an embryonic stem cell line requires the destruction of a human embryo and/or therapeutic cloning.
- Stem Cell Controversy
- Arguments for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- Arguments Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- Therapeutic Cloning
- Patents covering Human Stem Cell Research
- Polls regarding Embryonic Stem Cell Research
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