10/13/2004

Getting the OK on Stem Cell Research

One of the Presidential campaign discussions is the ability to use embryonic stem cells for research. These stem cells from embryos, kills the embryo. Some people argue they are killing life. On the other hand, these stem cells can form into any tissue of the body and may be used to allow tissue regeneration to treat many diseases. Harvard University is asking permission from the review board to produce cloned human embryos for research on diseases. The scientists know they are walking a thin line but they have said they would not attempt to clone a human.

I believe that Harvard should be allowed to uses those cells for disease research. It has the potential of treating many diseases; this alone should be a good reason. Also many countries have already started their research. In the micros, people would have the ability to be treated for diseases; therefore, live a longer and healthier life.

11 comments:

John West said...

Being somewhat of a moderate myself, I would have to agree with what Bryce said about letting "Harvard" begin stem cell research. It is sad to see people like Mohammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, and the late Christopher Reeves suffer. These people are suffering from real diseases and any effort that we can make, as a progressive and informed society, should be done. President Bush, or rather his constituents, is against stem cell research and if he is reelected we probably won't see this new technology receive much governmental funding over the next four years. This is not to say that I think Kerry would make a better President, because frankly I don't.

Taber Wolrab said...

I agree that there is a very thin line that scientists are walking. If stem cell research is allowed, then why not go ahead and clone a person. I think it is wrong to kill one person (the embryo) in order to save another.

If the person is already dead, more power to you to donate organs or whatever to better other people. But that is not the issue. It is also important for the other person (the embryo) to have a chance to live a long healthy life.

Bryce Larkin said...

Taber, I understand what you are saying. I am also against killing an innocent life. On the other hand, abortion is legal in the United States. If women are going to have an abortion, what is the problem with getting the embryo for research?

Bryce Larkin said...

John, I not a Kerry fan but I do agree with you that President Bush should allow research on embryo stem cells.

pramahaphil said...

I agree that stem cell research should be allowed to be pursued. The problem I see for government (annoying, but real)is that if science is allowed to produce embryos that are going to be destroyed, then where is the line drawn on abortion. I think that that is one of the big reasons that stem cell research has been thus far abated, ultra-conservatives aren't willing to give the pro-choice lobby ammunition to argue for completely unregulated abortions.

peter_parker said...

The ability to produce organs for those needing transplants would be a huge benefit of stem cell research. Rice University in Houston has biochemists working to develop artificial blood through means of cloning.

I believe that cloning human life is infeasible and should not be attempted, but cloning in other respects is a necessary part of science. For example, developing vaccines. In regards to human stem cell research, it is hard to determine whether or not an embryo is an individual, if it is considered a person. The world is on the doorstep of a lot of enormous breakthroughs just waiting deregulation.

Joe said...

There a lot of good points that I read on this discussion. Many times we can see great advantages of doing this kind of research. When and where do we draw the line? sure at first we use the studies to study diseases. But what do we consider a disease? How far will they push it?

Bryce Larkin said...

Joe, I know that this topic might have some people mad at me, but I believe it will help everyone in the long run. We should not draw the line in stem cell research, except for cloning a human. These cells have so much potential of doing good for everyone. I think it should be used in research.

peter_parker said...

The benefits will be huge. It is difficult to rule out something because of what could potentially happen. There are risks to everything. As one who believes that humans cannot be cloned fully, I say that research should go ahead.

Maudi said...

Stem cell research can be a good thing but,as with all things if it gets into the wrong hands it could be a catastrophe. I feel it is very important for the government to keep a tight reign on this project and act as the mediator for good and evil. Stem cell research can and will be a lifesaving thing but it can only be used for things that are for the better good of the people.

Dr. Tufte said...

I have no idea where I even stand on this issue. I've been mulling this one since it first hit the news, and I still don't have a clue.

For now, I think I'm going to say the voluntary exchanges between individuals should generally be legal and out in the open, even if some people don't think they are ethical or moral. But, that doesn't begin to address whether the government should fund this research or not ... and that's where the big money comes from.