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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    The link between embryonic stem cell research and the abortion debate was tenuous at best. Most of the stem cells from embryos were not obtained from aborted fetuses. Far more came from miscarriages. This is still the case. The argument then came largely from ignorance and shouting. Even if you are totally against abortion, embryonic stem cells never really had anything to do with abortions. It only occasionally coincided with the bi-products.

    As for this whole "federal funding" nonsense... If we really want to curtail the spending of money, let's address the real issues. Almost a quarter of federal money goes into the military. Our aggressive wars in the middle east have done more harm than good, the many bases we use to keep a presence in foreign countries is useless and costly. The Cold War is over. There are no substantial military threats in the world, and none at all that would be resolved with large ground forces. The nuclear armaments of Iran and North Korea may be a problem, but that calls for a technological solution, not one of manpower. We waste money on tools for killing rather than for promoting life.

    Another 40% goes into social security and medicare/medicaid. Broken systems designed to milk the young for the benefit of the old. Because we build a society around debt, no one actually has any money to care for themselves in old age, and we allow the profit-focused insurance and drug companies to dictate the prices of the medical industry. Most of that 40% go into those insurance and drug companies.

    Paying attention? Half of federal money goes into military contracts, insurance companies, and drug companies. HALF. Stem cell research is a drop in the bucket.

    As to the benefits of stem cell research, it has already shown promising results in repairing all sorts of injuries, from brain damage to nerve damage. Paraplegics could be able to walk again, and autistic children could have full cognition. Even if stem cells are not a panacea, they can still be used to treat millions of people and improve their lives.
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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Well, people who disagree with it wouldn't want their tax monies helping research it.

    I'm not sure if there was ever an actual ban on it, although I think there once was, here in the US and perhaps other areas of the world.
    I believe you're mistaken. I don't mind the idea of stem cell research. But I don't think it's the government's job to fund these projects. Let the private sector take care of the funding. Where does the government have money right now to go on a scientific spending spree (no matter how small it may actually cost).

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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    It's my understanding that adult stem cells are proving more promising than embryonic.
    You have to eventually move from animals to humans.
    I agree that eventually you do. But we are not there yet.

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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Very poorly worded question. My guess is that the only people who voted yes thought you meant embryonic stem cell research. Nobody thinks stem cell research should be banned, that's just silly. However, destroying potential human life for expensive embryonic stem cell research that has provided nearly no results, especially compared to research on adult stem cells, is a different story. Rephrase and repost, that is my advice.
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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solace View Post
    There has been much debate on whether or not stem cell research should be made permanently illegal. In other words, stem cell research would never exist in America. I believe it shouldn't be, because it opens the door for research, including research towards finding a cure for several diseases. In fact, I read an article the other day in which a man was cured of some disease thanks to stem cell research, I don't have a link to the article though. What are your thoughts on stem cell research?
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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    No form of scientific research should EVER be banned.
    Well...if a ban would have any actual preventative effect, which would require enough control and knowledge to prevent any and all potential illicit research...Then I might support banning, say, bio-weapon research - but we all know a ban would be violated at some point, in our current world.

    But as it stands, developing various bio-weapons is part of developing cures for potential bio-weapons – and since bio weapons are going to be a threat for the foreseeable future, I can’t see trying to ban their research.
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