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Ethics of Stem Cell Research - Ethics of Stem Cell Research Stem cell research has quickly become a hot new topic these days to debate over. One side says it’s unethical, the other side says it’s critical to the advancement of medical science. It’s hard to make up your mind before you have the facts, so here they are. Stem cells are cells that have the ability to transform into any type of tissue cell in the human body. After a sperm fertilizes an egg, the cell they form is known as a zygote or a totipotent cell. This cell goes through numerous mitotic divisions and after about four days forms a blastocyst....   [tags: Papers] 438 words
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Stem Cell Research is Murder - The stem cell research controversy is one of the major headlines in bioscience and has been discussed and debated numerous times throughout the last decade or so. It became a major issue in 1997/1998 and continued to the 2000’s where George W. Bush joined to the problem by vetoing the first bid that was brought forward by Congress to lift funding restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research. Bush stated after the veto that, “would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others” and also he stated “It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect”....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Argument] 458 words
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Benefits and Controversy of Stem Cell Research - ... Scientists obtain embryonic stem cells from blastocysts that have been voluntarily donated by in virto fertilization clinics. These blastocysts are no longer of use to couples that have treated their infertility and would most likely be discarded by the clinic in the future, hence these blastocysts would never of gotten a chance to fully develop regardless, and therefore they should be used for research. Many researchers have pointed out the different points during development, for example after the embryo or fetus has developed certain organs, that indicate when it obtains rights as a human....   [tags: embryo, blastocysts, ethics] 553 words
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stem cell research - Stem cell research is one of the greatest debate topics of the 21st century. Stem cells are a powerful tool in the fight to save lives. But with so many ethical issues surrounding stem cell research I am in fear that we may loose a powerful asset. In the debate you are about to see myself and a few of my fellow group members are debating on the Con side of stem cell research. But this not a true depiction of our thoughts on Stem cell research. The debate would be lopsided with 9 people on the pro side and zero on the con side....   [tags: essays research papers] 558 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Using stem cells in their research, scientists are able to discover new information that leads to advancements in the scientific society. However, what many people do not understand is that stem cells are unlike other types of cells, and this is because of two significant characteristics. These differences lead to a lot of controversy, as you'll soon see. First, stem cells are able to renew themselves for long periods of time through the process of cell division, thus making them specialized cells....   [tags: Science Chemistry Biology Stem Cells Essays]
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Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stem cells are an undifferentiated cell that is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cell arise by differentiation. These unique cells are found in tissues, organs, and bone marrow. In 1978, scientists discovered that human umbilical cord blood contain blood stem cells and immediately began experiments to tests their uses. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin isolated grew the first stem cells from human embryos using in vitro fertilization in 1998 and by the following year understood that stem cells could differentiate....   [tags: genetic medicine]
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No More Disease with Stem Cell Research - ... Embryotic stem cells are undifferentiated cells that show promise in the treatment of heart disease, cancer, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Undifferentiated cells are cells that have the potential to become any type of cell they want, but once grown with a certain type of cell they will differentiate, or mature into that specific type of cell (Farrell and Carson-Dewitt). Embryotic stem cells can be used to replace different tissues in the body after a serious accident....   [tags: embryotic , tissue repair, healing] 583 words
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Stem Cell Use and Research - ... The type of cells adult stem cells can differentiate into, might be limited based on their original tissue but there is evidence stating otherwise. As opposed to, embryonic stem cells that are found in four or five day old human embryos. Lacking the stimulation to differentiate they can just grow and divide rapidly into more stem cells that are able to become any type of cell in the body. Eventually you can stimulate them to become a specialized cell type. b. Notably, embryonic stem cells are harvested in a strange way....   [tags: Body, Organisms] 594 words
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Stem Cell Research - ... Embryonic stem cells come from fertilized eggs grown in laboratories which are used for stem cell research or from invitro-fertilization clinics from eggs that were never implanted in a woman. Scientists have been so eager to continue to develop stem cell research for many years because stem cells research has the potential to find cures for diseases it also has the potential for research and development of spinal cord injuries. They can also give scientists a better understanding of how diseases occur....   [tags: controversial topic] 595 words
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Adult and Embryonic Stem Cells - We must start at the basic, what are cells. Cells are the basic unit of living things. We all have trillions upon trillions of cells that make up our body. Our body has three main cell types which are: Ectoderm, Mesoderm, and Endoderm. Ectoderm cells are in the skin, hair, eyelids and nerves cells for bones, Mesoderm cells are in muscles, tendons blood vessels and kidney construct the linings of two tubes within the body and Endoderm cells are in digestive tubes and respiratory tube. There are also stem cells.” Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have two defining properties: the ability to differentiate into other cells and the ability to self-regenerate.” (Kochar)There are different ty...   [tags: cells, stem cell, adult, embryo]
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Stem Cell Research is a Good Thing - ... Adult stem cells have been found in many organs and tissues of the body, including bone marrow, peripheral blood and blood vessels, skin, teeth, heart, gut, liver, ovary, testis, and even the brain.” Embryonic Stem cell in basic is early stage of a developing embryo. According to Cabot, Tyler: “ Embryonic stem cells that are capable of becoming any cell in the human body. Heart cells and nerve cells and kidney cells and insulin-making pancreatic cells. The greatest strength of embryonic stem cells, their ability to become any tissue in the human body, is also their greatest liability.” Stem cell research is one of the most promising scientific researches to generate medical therapy that...   [tags: curing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, learning defects] 607 words
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A Scientific Explanation of Stem Cells and Stem Cell Research - In general, a cell can be defined as a stem cell if two basic criteria are met. First, stem cell is capable of self renewal for indefinite period throughout life while maintaining undifferentiated state, i.e., the cell can divide and produce two identical daughter cells and thereby maintains the stem cell pool. Second, stem cell possesses capacity for differentiate into specialised and functional progeny under the right conditions, or given the right signals. It may divide asymmetrically to yield an identical cell and a daughter cell that acquires a particular cell type’s properties, such as morphology, phenotype and functional physiology that classified it belongs to a particular tissue (Bu...   [tags: Science, Stem Cells, Stem Cell Research, ] 610 words
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The Controversy Surrounding Stem-cell Research - Stem-cell research is a complex subject. First of all you need to know there are three main categories of stem cells. Embryonic, Fetal and Adult; not everyone is for or against all of these types. There are different sets on pros and cons to each of these types and I will address a few for each type. I believe the pros outweigh the cons in each of these and stem cell research is very beneficial for medical purposes. The term ‘stem cell research was first used by gist Alexander Maksimov, a Russian histologist in 1908....   [tags: Stem-cell research, medical, ] 625 words
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Stem Cell Regulation - ... Differentiating melanocytes transfer pigment to terminally differentiated hair follicles (Nishimura et al., 2002; Tanimura et al., 2011; Rabbani et al., 2011).Hair follicle undergoes cyclical bouts of 3 phases-anagen (phase of active growth), catagen (destruction phase) and telogen (rest phase) (Hardy, 1992). HFSCs give rise to daughter stem cells which are retained in the bulge area and others form, either epidermal progenitors which migrate upwards during tissue repair or it forms hair-matrix progenitors which migrate below to form hair shaft (Niemann & Watt 2002; Oshima et al., 2001; Taylor et al....   [tags: genetic engineering and research] 626 words
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The Many Benefits of Stem Cell Research - Have we really found a way to cure and help rehabilitate people from disease. What if the answer lies at the tip of what others consider life and other consider a cluster of cells. The thought is drilled deep into the study of stem cell research. The embryo as religions and pro-life organization considerate to be a human begin, is destroyed in the process of extracting stem cells. Although, Stem cell research destroys the embryos, it has allowed us to advance in ways medicine has failed us and opens new possibilities to apply stem cells with robotics....   [tags: embryo, disease, rehabilitation]
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Inside an embryo there are dozens of stem cells. They are basically empty shells, but the special thing about them is that they are pluripotent, meaning that they can develop in to any cell or organ in human body. That makes stem cell research a gigantic part of today’s medical research. With enough research, stem cells can be a big help to the human kind. Their extraordinary abilities could help scientists return memory to Alzheimer’s patients, or grow a man’s limb that had to be amputated due to some tragedy....   [tags: Stem Cell Research]
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Stem Cell Research - Cells are the basic function of life. Cells are the fundamental unit of all living things, this include animals. Cell is the smallest structure in the human body and has all the properties of being alive. Cells can vary in different shape and sizes. The shape or the size cells are related directly to the function of the cells. (Fremgen & Frucht, 2009, p. 22) The human body has several different types of cells like cell membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus. Each cell has their job to do in the human body....   [tags: Stem Cells]
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Stem Cell Therapy Project - ... 3. Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Special regenerative cells are used to repopulate areas of damage with the hope of improving the ability to feel and move beyond the site of the injury. 4. Heart  Growth of new blood vessels to repopulate damaged heart tissue  Growth factor secretions  Assistance via some other mechanism Ethics and Legislation Regarding Stem Cell Research South Africa has a ban on reproductive cloning, but not for therapeutic cloning. There are stem cell banks in South Africa that store stem cells of clients for future use....   [tags: biotechnology, neurodegenerative diseases] 667 words
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Ethics on Stem Cell Research - “Bush and his allies say that frozen embryos are tantamount to humans, and therefore are no more appropriate for medical research than are death row inmates.”If this bill were to become law," Bush said yesterday, "American taxpayers would for the first time in our history be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos."”(Babington A04) A newly born baby girl has a spinal cord issue, making for many years of rehabilitation ahead her. A mother has developed Alzheimer’s, preventing her from having a normal relationship with her family....   [tags: Research, Medical World]
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Stem Cell Research Controversy - The controversy over stem cell research’s use in the medical field is almost two decades old. So why the sudden intense return of fierce political debates over an old issue. It’s because President Obama recently revoked the ban on stem cell research, as he believes it holds the potential to revolutionize the medical industry in the years to come. As USA Today quoted him saying in March, after he stopped restricting federal funding for stem cell research, "At this moment, the full promise of stem cell research remains unknown and should not be overstated....   [tags: Medical Field, Stem Cell Research]
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Research on stem embryonic stem cells We live in a world where genetic sciences have gone beyond laws, and past the imagination. We have come to a point where we don’t know anymore what is right, and what is wrong. We have to decide. In fact, studies are made on embryonic stem cells that for now have the purpose to better our overall health. These stem cells are extracted from extra IVF embryos; they are used and destroyed. While it’s true that this research could cure serious illnesses as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and orphan diseases for example; however, it’s also true that ending a potential life is immoral and illegal....   [tags: Ethics ] 709 words
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Federal Funding With Stem Cell Research - ... According to the US Congressional amendment, the Dickey-Wicker states that the use of federal funds for creating, destroying, or knowingly injuring human embryos goes against the amendment, so therefore the US government will not fund embryonic stem cell research. The future of stem cells, and its possibilities are infinite. From past research, and research in other countries stem cells have the ability to replace damaged cells and treat disease. The supply for organs in the world is quite low....   [tags: today's society, controversial, prevalent]
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Cancer Stem-Cell Theory - ... Clonogenic assays have shown that, though most cells in a tumor have a limited ability to proliferate, a subset of cancer cells exist in these tumors that continuously proliferate and give rise to new tumors on transplantation. Strategy to target cancer stem cells: The identification of CSC is essential for development of better and effective therapeutic strategies. The drugs used in the current therapies and treatments target not only the tumor cells, but also, the normal healthy cells of the body....   [tags: mutation, tumor, genetic] 740 words
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Stem Cell Research: For Better or for Worse? - For as long as humans exist, optimal health continues to remain vital for a productive life. As new medical discoveries increase through generations, humans become healthier, therefore, their life expectancy rises. Stem cell research, a relatively new field, investigates to improve and lengthen human life. The possibility of stem cells to develop prospering health makes them beneficial to the human race. Why do stem cell debates create such a large uproar. Stem cells posses the potential to arise into hundreds of different cells in the body- for this reason stem cells are also referred to as undifferentiated cells....   [tags: Biology, Stem Cell Debates] 744 words
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The Ethics of Stem Cell Research - Embryonic stem cell research can be easily defined. A stem is defined as something that is developed from. A cell is defined as a microscopic living organism. According to Dennis Hollinger, "Embryonic stem cell research uses from the embryo's inner cell mass that give rise to each of the human body's many different tissue types"(1). In our modern day society, stem cell research has become a controversial topic. Several people strongly oppose the idea of the research, but many are struggling for the continuance of the program....   [tags: Current Events] 745 words
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research - ... A stem cell is unique cell found that can conform into any nucleus and serves multipurpose. It can help create transplant tissues to modify the structure of a malignant human body. According to a source, Stem Cell Research is the Future. The future of revolutionizing medical treatment and it’s potentials are vast espially in finding ways to genetically modify people that may (deem) impossible, while possibly treating diseases such as Alzymers, Perkysings, heart and lung diseases, and the list expands....   [tags: controversial, procedure, unethically, immorality] 751 words
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The Expanding Field of Stem Cell Research - ... This type of stem cell are known as adult stem cells and are found in the brain, blood, muscles, skin, bone marrow and other fully developed parts of the body. On the other hand, pluripotent stem cells can differentiate and specialise into any cell of the body. These are embryonic stem cells which are found in embryo’s that are five to seven days old, and umbilical cords. In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka, a scientist in Japan discovered that stem cells could also be generated from mature, fully specialised cells....   [tags: pluripotent, embryonic, ethics] 751 words
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research is NOT Ethical - ... Also, scientists have found that another way to conduct stem cell research without killing embryonic infants; which is by using immobilized cord stem cells. Doctors take the immobilized cord stem cells from the umbilical cord after the baby is born, and those stem cells can be used in the same way embryonic stem cells are used. Except when immobilized cord stem cells or adult stem cells are taken, no human life is killed in the process. And whenever there is the option to choose between sacrificing innocent human life and trying to preserve it, we must always go with the option of refraining from killing....   [tags: medical and scientific fields] 755 words
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stem cell research - Stem cells are primitive cells found in embryos, fetuses, and recently adults that can grow into 210 types of cells in the body. James A. Thomson, an embryologist at the University of Wisconsin, and John D. Gearhart of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced on Thursday, November 8 1998 that they and their colleagues had isolated the cell. Scientists have tried for years to find stem cells because of their great medical value. Diseases such as Diabetes, Bone Marrow Cancer, Chronic Heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease are just a few that could all be cured with the use of stem cells....   [tags: essays research papers] 764 words
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Is Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ethical or Not? - ... Embryonic stem cells are not only efficient but also renewable. They can be grown in a culture where as adult stem cells are extremely rare, if there are any. They can only be found in mature tissue. Isolating these extremely rare cells is challenging and has a high failure rate if not harvested correctly. “One major difference between adult and embryonic stem cells is their different abilities in the number and type of differentiated cell types they can become” (Stem). Using adult stem cells we might never understand our development from conception in the uterus....   [tags: defects, birth, disease] 766 words
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Government Funding of Stem Cell Research - In the 2004 presidential election, one of the most controversial issues facing voters was the battle over embryonic stem cell research. In the weeks leading up to the election, polls were indicating that 47 percent of Bush supporters agreed that the destruction of embryo cells is unethical; however, 53 percent of Bush voters supported stem cell research. The overwhelming majority of Kerry backers also supported stem cell research, indicating that the majority of American voters support stem cell research....   [tags: Ethics] 769 words
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Support of Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Embryonic stem cell is one of the most controversial, widely discussed medical issues in the United States today. The medical use of stem cell raises difficult moral and political questions. To understand about embryonic stem cell. I thought we should discuss what embryonic stem cells are. According to Scientific American; June 2004, embryonic stem are derived from the portion of a very early stage embryo that would eventually give rise to an entire body. Because embryonic stem cells originate in this primordial stage, or having existed from the beginning....   [tags: Stem Cell Research] 779 words
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research - ... Embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of a human embryo. This act is considered to be murder by a great piece of the United States population, which has caused a crippling blow to stem cell research (as far as money and factual knowledge goes). In 2007, a different type of stem cell was discovered through the use of adult stem cells: iPS cells (adult stem cells are stem cells derived from adult humans; they are not as effective as embryonic stem cells in their natural state)....   [tags: implies abortion, iPS] 780 words
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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - The Controversy Over Stem Cell Research In a lab at the University of California, a scientist carefully isolates several cells and locates them to a petry dish. A few days later, he returns to find the cells pulsating like a human heart (Gorman 58). This account has actually been occurring at several scientific labs across the nation. These cells, known as stem cells, produce nearly all the other cells and tissues found in the human body (Sobel Sep 4, 22). Intensive research has found that when these stem cells are grafted with human tissue, new tissue is formed and the diseases found in that tissue are cured....   [tags: stem cell argumentative persuasive argument] 783 words
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Stem Cell Research - ... Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent and capable of differentiating into multiple cell types including adipocytes, chondrocytes, osteocytes, and cardiomyocytes. They are recentlu used in regenerative therapies for patients suffering from various ischemic diseases and bone and cartilage repair. However, the most potent type of stem cells are embryonic stem cells isolated from the inner cell mass (ICM) of human embryos cultured to blastocyte stage [12]. They are immortal, which means they have the ability to proliferate continuously, but what differs them from other stem cell types is the fact that they can differentiate into derivatives of all three embryonic germ la...   [tags: human embryo, medicine, risk] 785 words
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Benefits of Stem Cell Research - ... The government is setting a standard law for stem cell donation. The government is claiming that there should be no illegal donations. Also, young parents who didn’t wanted child would be in society. They often choose to do abortion, but, they can donate their embryos for stem cell research. Most importantly, only few stem cells are used for developing various types of thing. One or two stem cells can create many different types of tissues and skin cells. Scientists are not just taking massive amount of embryonic stem cell for their research....   [tags: respect for embryos]
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Stem Cell Research Paper - ... However, if you do not use it, it just goes to waste. Why not let the fetus help save someone’s life. The second method to extract stem cells are through umbilical cords. The umbilical cord is rich with stem cells. Blood cells from the newborn baby can be used the moment it is cut off. It can also be frozen in order to preserve it for later use. These stem cells can be used on relatives or on an unrelated person in need with the same blood type. This method is very easy considering that the umbilical cord is going to be discarded of anyways....   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine] 793 words
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Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Research on stem cells is advancing knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell and how healthy cells replace damaged cells in adult organisms. This promising area of science is also leading scientists to investigate the possibility of cell-based therapies to treat disease, which is often referred to as regenerative or reparative medicine. Research on the topic of stem cells is advancing the scientific knowledge about how cells develop. Stem cell research is applied to two main characteristics that allow stem cells to be distinguished among most other types of cells....   [tags: Science Biology Stem Cells Essays Papers] 803 words
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Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Works Cited Not Included Stem cell research is an ongoing controversial issue. What exactly is stem cell research. How would this type of research affect people's lives. What are stem cells. Where do they come from and what are their uses in the human body. What diseases and medical conditions could be helped if not eventually cured completely. Scientists are very optimistic regarding stem cell research. Whether or not that research will be allowed to continue, in an unobstructed, way is still to be decided....   [tags: Papers Science Biology Essays] 804 words
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The Benefits of Stem Cell Research - The Benefits of Stem Cell Research Stem cells are considered “master cells” with the ability to divide for indefinite periods in cultures and can be manipulated and transformed into any type of cell in the body. The most common use would be the generation of cells and tissues that could be used to either create organs or tissues to be used in transplantation and to treat many diseases and disabilities. There is a great difference of opinion surrounding stem cell research; conservatives and pro-choice activists are highly against further research, but the tremendous advances in health care and President Bush’s recent decision to fund more research, have made the future of stem cells seem m...   [tags: Papers Science Biology Essays Papers] 826 words
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Embryonic Stem Cell Research - ... Using stem cells for research shows a lack of consensus regarding the meaning, bonds, and sense of life. Knowing we can does not mean we should. There are limits and using embryonic stem cells for research purposes requires the destruction of the human embryo, and putting an end to potential human life crosses the line. Life starts at conception, and all life started with these living cells. Another reason relevant to the lack of consensus is the fact that these cells function the same way as typical embryonic cells that give rise to the human fetus....   [tags: destruction, ethical issues] 833 words
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Stem Cell Research - Should Stem Cell Research be prohibited. The ongoing bioethical controversy of stem cells research has been debated in political arenas across the world. As with any debate there are two sides to the issue. Scientific researchers want to expand their research into emerging fields like stem cell research in hopes of bettering medicine for the future. Human right activists and some religious groups are against this type of research because the harvesting of stem cells from embryos is seen as the destruction of human life....   [tags: bioethical controversy] 840 words
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The Embryonic Stem Cell Research Controversy - When James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin and John Gearhardt at John Hopkins University were able to culture human embryonic stem cells in a lab in 1998, they opened up an entire world of controversy now known as the stem cell debate. The importance of embryonic stem cells to modern science and medicine rests largely on the fact that they are pluripotent. This means that they have the ability to form into any cell necessary within the body; they can be encouraged to become skin cells, brain cells, etc....   [tags: Morality, Advantages, Government, ] 840 words
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Politics and Stem Cell Research - Politics and Stem Cell Research The President’s Council on Bioethics published “Monitoring Stem Cell Research” in 2004. This report was written in response to President Bush’s comments regarding research of human stem cells on August 9, 2001. President Bush announced that he was going to make federal funding available for research that involved existing lines of stem cells that came from embryos. He is the first president to provide any type of financial support for the research of human stem cells....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Stem Cell Research - ... Since the authorization in 2001 by President Bush to grant federal funding for research of stem cell lines, there has been a medical breakthrough in the use of human stem cells. Stem cells are now being examined in how they can help prevent and cure diseases and injuries such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Duchene muscular dystrophy, diabetes, arthritis, burns, and vision and hearing loss, as well as numerous other conditions. Experiments are also being conducted on how stem cells can be used to treat, repair, or replace damaged tissue from disease of injury as stem cells have the potential to differentiate....   [tags: genetic engineering, embryonic cells] 865 words
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Stem Cell Therapies - The world is experiencing change while the medical field is advancing day by day. Not only scientists, but also physicians are discovering treatments to diseases and shortcuts that are leaving the world in complete and utter shock. One rising topic is stem cell research and it’s therapies. Stem cells are an incredible discovery to the medical field because of their inexplicable capabilities. For all we know, in about ten years these microscopic “life savers” could be the cure for the world’s most fatal diseases....   [tags: medical field, bone marrow]
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Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Imagine a world where every day scientists create human beings, cultivate them for a week, and then destroy them. This scenario sounds vaguely familiar to the creation of Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein. The difference between the creation of Frankenstein and the creation of human beings is that the latter has already become true as scientist are creating and destroying embryos. Scientist today even in the United States are creating human embryos and then destroying them when performing stem cell research, but the government does not fund these scientists....   [tags: Argumentative Science Scientific Essays]
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Stem Cell Research: Should it be Permitted? - Stem cell related diseases affect over 100 million americans (White). Right now, there are plenty of government funds for stem cell research, and if we continue on the same path as we are now, stem cell research should be successful; however, the ethics used for embryonic stem cell research are incomprehensibly horrific (Stem cell policy). If this continues to be funded, it could have answers to numerous major diseases, including why they are caused, prevention, and cures for the diseases. More scientific research, however, needs to go into more possible solutions, to find a more humane method of treating these diseases that pleases both sides of the stem cell research debate, for the soluti...   [tags: embryonic cells, hematopoietic, bone marrow]
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The Ethics and Potential of Stem Cell Research - In England, during the late 1790s, physician Edward Jenner discovered how to vaccinate people against smallpox. Approximately 190 years later, in 1980, smallpox was declared eradicated (Edward Jenner). Today, humanity continues to follow in Jenner’s footsteps through working to cure and eradicate diseases that threaten people across the globe. Unfortunately, however, vaccines and antibiotics do not always work, and scientists need to find new ways in which to cure the diseases that have yet to be cured, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes....   [tags: vaccines, curing diseases, physician]
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Stem Cell Research - There has been much controversy regarding stem cell research and its uses in health care. The controversy has spanned since the early 1940’s when stem cell research was just a theory and carries on now in 2012 as it has become a reality. Stem cells are cells which are usually in the earliest stages of life which allows them to be able to have the potential for development into many different types of specialized cells. They also are self-renewing and therefore can produce even more stem cells that can continue to develop in to the specialized or unspecialized cells that are needed throughout the body....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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Stem Cell Media Cultures - All cell culture procedures were performed under sterile conditions in laminar class II biohazard safety cabinet (ESCO). The cell cultures were incubated at 37oC in 5% CO2 humidified incubators (RSBiotech). MSC were cultured in MSC complete medium made up of Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s medium with nutrient mixture F-12 (HAM)[1:1] (DMEM/F12) with GLUTAMAX -I (Gibco, Invitrogen, USA), supplemented with 10% pre-selected foetal bovine serum (Stem Cell Technology Inc.), 1% of Penicillin /Streptomycin (Gibco, Invitrogen), 0.5% Fungizone (Gibco, Invitrogen), 0.1% Gentamicin (Gibco, Invitrogen), with or without 40ng/ml basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) (Peprotech, USA) ....   [tags: Stem Cells Media, science, cultures,] 886 words
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Both Sides of Stem Cell Research - Stem Cell Research Paper Stem cell research has been quite a controversial topic since its origin in the 1960s by Gopal Das and Joseph Altman. Of course, anything that uses a human embryo would be. Stem cell research could open a vast number of new doors for modern science, it could let us test new drugs, one of which could be the unfound cure for AIDS or Alzheimer’s disease. However, this branch of science comes at a high price, the price of a human life that is only five to six days old (NIH)....   [tags: essays research papers] 903 words
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Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Failure - ... In April 2013, a report published in Express states that researchers from Mayo Clinic treat heart failure patients with a special stem cells harvested from the top of the patient’s hip. Proteins are used to instruct the stem cells to works as heart cells and these are then injected into the patient’s heart. The results show that patients have greater improvement in their health but this technique still requires further investigation to determine why the hip’s stem cells are able to cause such effects....   [tags: adequate circulation, heart attack ]
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Stem Cell Research - Stem cells have a history that is very short unlike other medical discoveries. According to history, stem cells were first used in 1950s, where a progressive advancement on its use has been carried out by physicians and clinicians. Research has been focused on finding stem cells in tissues of the body, where harvesting has been concentrated on all body tissue. It has been agreed that the process of harvesting or collecting stem cells depends on the source of the cell. This paper will consider the processes of harvesting stem cells and their methods....   [tags: Medical Discoveries, Stem Cells, Techniques]
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The Ethical Concerns of Stem Cell Research - ... There is also the issue of tailoring stem cells to the many individuals in genetic compatibility, and potential rejection from the patients that would be using this. A solution was produced by cloning or therapeutic techniques. It was at one point thought that cells could be cloned from individuals from a study in South Korea with Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SNCT), which takes a cell from a patient and inserts into a donated egg, however it proved to be a fraudulent study. Due to this research seem to have been tainted, but is still going....   [tags: transplanting, research, disease, stem cell] 920 words
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Glycation and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Function - New cells are often produced in the body during growth and development. In addition, new cells also develop as the body repairs and remodels its tissues after an injury. These new cells come from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are considered as multipotent cells. MSCs are found in various parts of the body during growth and development, but in adults, they are present in the bone marrow, where they later differentiate, mature and migrate to become more specialized cells with unique functions....   [tags: msc, stem cells, advanced glycation]
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The Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research - 1.0 Introduction This report aims to investigate the different views held on the pros and cons of development in stem cell research. This report will provide background to the debate, its social significance, parties that are involved and analysis of the arguments related to the topic researched. 2.0 The Issue and background to the debate Those who favour stem cell research are optimistic about the continued developments in stem cell research will open doors to many breakthrough discoveries in biomedical science....   [tags: Embryo, ethics, medicine ]
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Stem Cell Research - There are many questions regarding stem cell research. What are they. Why are they important. Where do you get them. How can they be used. What ethical issues have they brought up among us. Stem cell research is a very controversial, yet promising study. “Stem cells are like little kids who, when they grow up, can enter a variety of professions. A child might become a fireman, a doctor, or a plumber, depending on the influences in their life- or environment. In the same way, these stem cells can become many tissues by making certain changes in their environment” (Parks 8)....   [tags: genetic engineering, embryonic cells]
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Stem Cell Research - ... In March 2009, President Barrack Obama signed an order to repeat the rules against stem-cell research. Research on stem cells is still in progress, but it “holds great promise and potential in the field of medicine” (History of Stem Cell Research 5). Some people however, argue that stem-cell research is unethical. The debate on stem cell research being ethical is still ongoing. Arguments are made supporting both sides of the debate, and many claim that embryos have a moral status. The embryos are a potential human life and they should be treated with as much respect as anyone....   [tags: unethical procedures, embryos, moral status]
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The Controversy Of Stem Cell Research - The topic of stem cell research is highly controversial. Although most people who consider themselves "pro life" are the main opposition for this potentially beneficial research, most people do not fully comprehend what stem cells are, much less the implications of them. In a highly generalized statement, stem cells are cells with no specialization. This allows them to form into the majority of cells in the body, depending on where they were from. In this essay I’m going to not only offer a plethora of information regarding stem cells, but make an in depth analysis of the question that everyone wants the answer to, should stem cells be used....   [tags: orthodox christianity, pro life]
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Stem Cell Research Can Help the Sick - Stem cell research is a very complex argument. There are people that feel that stem cell research should not have even been introduced into our society. However, there are others that feel that stem cell research could change many lives. Those who feel it could change many lives are right in many people’s eyes. With the advancement of stem cell research, we would be able to help many people with such diseases as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Stem cells could also help others with dibilating diseases and those who have suffered some very unfortunate accident....   [tags: Stem Cell Research] 1012 words
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The Ethics of Stem Cell Research - While some people might say that stem cell research is immoral and unethical, others believe that it is a magical solution for almost any problem, thus leading to a very controversial issue. Scientists have been searching for years for ways to eradicate incurable diseases and perform other medical procedures that yesterday's technology would not fix. With the rapidly arising, positive research on stem cell technology, the potential that exists to restore any deficiency is in the same way, likely to destroy humanity....   [tags: Ethics]
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Embryonic and Adult Stem Cell Research - Stem cell research is one of the most widely expanding areas of scientific research being conducted all over the world today. In basic terms, stem cell research is the research of stem cells; however in actuality is much more complicated. A stem cell is a cell with the ability to develop into any of the cell types that make up the tissues and organs of the body. This makes these cells highly useful and provides endless opportunities in the field of regenerative medicine. There are two expansive lines of stem cell research, which involve multipotent stem cells and pluripotent stem cells....   [tags: genetic sciences]
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Stem Cell Research - Stem cells have incredible potential in the advancement of medical treatments for progressive conditions such as degenerative disk disease. Though the science is plagued by public misunderstanding regarding the use and collection of stem cells, it should be noted that only a small percentage of stem cells being researched at this time are embryonic stem cells. The most common types of stem cells used in medicine today are mesenchymal stem cells which are harvested from bone marrow, adult stem cells from healthy intervertebral disks, and those from human umbilical tissue....   [tags: Embryo, Treatment, Medicine]
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Stem Cell Research - ... This generated the idea in the public’s imagination that 16-celled pre-people were heartlessly destroyed for the amusement of researchers, or for specious therapies. While it is true that all people began as blastocysts and embryos, and that we agree a formed person has moral standing, this led to a gray area in ethical reasoning. At what point do we consider a person to be a person. Did the parents of the embryos knowingly contribute their potential offspring for research. If a blastocyst is merely undifferentiated tissue, this is no problem....   [tags: organs, human embryos]
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