A Look Into The Heated Stem Cell Research Ethical Debate

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A Look into the Heated Stem Cell Research Ethical Debate
Abdullah Alalo
Metropolitan Community College
A Look into the Heated Stem Cell Research Ethical Debate
What would life be like if humans had the ability to regenerate damaged tissues or organs? What would it be like if we had no more chronic diseases that would slow us down? One field of research promises to provide the answers to these questions and a lot more. Stem cell research has been heavily slowed down by a very intense debate on whether it is ethical or not. Perhaps it is about time that both end of the argument consider a compromise that would assure the progress of this promising field without putting aside morals and ...view middle of the document...

In this way stem cell research can turn the organ transplant operations obsolete. Still with all these promises that stem cell research holds, people can’t seem to be able to agree on wither this kind of research should continue or be stopped indefinitely. The root of this debate goes back to the exact definition of a human. When does a human become one and stop being a measly group of cells? Different opinions, believes and explanations have for long jammed the progress of stem cell research.
To obtain stem cells for research researchers have to destroy a five to seven days old embryo and use its cells “To obtain hESCs one has to destroy a 5–7-day-old embryo” (Fadel, 2012, p.129). This fact makes some people uncomfortable as they believe that a five days old embryo is a human and not just a mass of cells.
On one hand, proponents of stem cell research say that the valuable cures and priceless understandings of cell growth should take priority in solving this dilemma. Stem cell research can provide cures for a lot of disease that are officially incurable right now. It can give paralyzed the ability to walk, blinds the ability to see and people with genetic diseases another chance. All these big promises that have been made are not just promises and a few are actually part of daily life these days. Some types of blood disorders have been completely defeated using bone marrow cell transplant which is a direct product of stem cell research. Doctor Tamra Lysaght and Professor Alastair Campbell said in their article “Broadening the scope of debates around stem cell research”:
“Perhaps the most well-known application is bone marrow cell transplant, or hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation, which has been used routinely for the last two decades in the treatment of certain types of malignant and nonmalignant disorders of the blood and immune systems” (2013, p.252)

This is probably is the most commonly used application of stem cells research but it certainly not the only one out there.
On the other hand of the argument, opponent of stem cell research raise an important point to think about when trying to find a final decision on this matter which is: morals. Nothing can justify killing a human, no matter how young they are, for research purposes. Never in the history of mankind that it was actually acceptable to kill another fellow human being to provide a cure or a scientific discovery. For opponents a five days old mass of cell is as of a person as a thirty years old. George Charalambous and Marios Genakritis point out other reasons why people are against stem cell research
“The opponents of stem...

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