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Stem Cell Research
Stem cell research has been under an enormous amount of scrutiny in recent years. This is largely due to the religious, ethical and monetary factors involved in pursuing this research. In order to understand why religion, money, and ethics are able to oppose stem cell research, you first need to understand what stem cells are, and how we acquire.
When a sperm and an egg combine they form a zygote. After five days, the zygote will turn into a 150-celled mass called a blastocyst. The inner layer of a blastocyst is embryonic stem cells. These cells can be specialized into any cell in the body. Scientists have realized what kind of potential this could have and have tried to unlock the secrets of stem cells by obtaining these cells from pregnant women, and using the aborted fetuses for research.
Religious groups are able to oppose this research into stem cells by claiming that even though the fetuses that are given to researchers have not breathed their first breaths, they are indeed alive. Through this implication, religious groups can state that stem cell research is another form of murder. This is very effective in today's media to dissuade the general public from supporting it.
Another reason that is often used to oppose the research is the large amount of money needed to fund it. Due to the nature of the materials required to perform the research, money is a major component of performing the research. This is an effective tool for those opposed to this research to use due to the fact that taxpayers do not like to have their taxes raised or their money used in ways that they don't approve of.
The scientist, themselves, are also a tool that is used to oppose stem cell research. If the scientists see the fetuses as being alive, then they might see their research as very unethical due to the way in which they acquire their research material.
Scientists believe that stem cells can be used to preform medical miracles. These scientist believe that if they can truly understand how they work, then they will be able to cure diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and even cancer! The breakthroughs that can be made with stem cells might change the world. The only thing stopping them from achieving this is the fact that unborn fetuses must be used to achieve these breakthroughs.
Stem cells are acquired from the inner layers of unborn fetuses. Because of this somewhat unsavory tidbit of information, there are many people opposed to continuing to fund stem cell research. Religious groups claim that it is murder, scientists view it as unethical, and taxpayers see it as an unnecessary use of their money. These are all the opinions of various people and groups, but the fact remains that if we allow stem cell research to continue, then it is likely to very promising results due to it's ability to be so widely used throughout the body. With all of this in mind, I would like to plea for your help in spreading the facts of stem cell research, and try to encourage an open mind policy to everyone you spread this information to. If you do not want to spread the word, then at least try not to put stem cell research down, because it might someday save your life.
Before reading this article, what was your opinion on stem cell research?
Now that you have read this article, what is your opinion on stem cell research?
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