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    Should stem cell research be banned?

    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?

    I think there are several types of stem cells out there - those I've heard of are "adult stem cells" (from an adult human?) and "embryonic stem cells" (extracted from an embryo?).

    Of the two, I believe I heard somewhere that the embryonic ones allow for more options, as they are somehow less “set in their ways”, if you will, as opposed to adult stem cells.

    The morality of it is another story – I’m not sure as too the procedures involved, but it seems very likely that an embryo would be destroyed in the process – and for some people, that is enough to ban, at least, embryonic stem cell research.
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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    I think this debate is pretty much over, with the forces for technological progress triumphing. Now that the cat is out of the bag, there is absolutely no way that any future president or Congress will ban it. Stem cell therapies have the potential to be one of the most promising medical developments on the horizon, offering us everything from the ability to grow new organs/tissues in the laboratory, to the ability to replace our aging cells with younger and healthier cells, to the ability to regenerate lost limbs/teeth/hair. This is just too much potential to go to waste.

    Furthermore, it is incorrect that an embryo must be destroyed to obtain embryonic stem cells. That was true when the stem cell debate was at its apex...ten years ago. But there have been lots of advances in the technology since then, and it is now possible to coax adult cells back into their embryonic state, so that no embryos are destroyed.
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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I think this debate is pretty much over, with the forces for technological progress triumphing. Now that the cat is out of the bag, there is absolutely no way that any future president or Congress will ban it. Stem cell therapies have the potential to be one of the most promising medical developments on the horizon, offering us everything from the ability to grow new organs/tissues in the laboratory, to the ability to replace our aging cells with younger and healthier cells, to the ability to regenerate lost limbs/teeth/hair. This is just too much potential to go to waste.

    Furthermore, it is incorrect that an embryo must be destroyed to obtain embryonic stem cells. That was true when the stem cell debate was at its apex...ten years ago. But there have been lots of advances in the technology since then, and it is now possible to coax adult cells back into their embryonic state, so that no embryos are destroyed.
    I understood it was easier to use embryos in research - but perhaps no longer.
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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I think there are several types of stem cells out there - those I've heard of are "adult stem cells" (from an adult human?) and "embryonic stem cells" (extracted from an embryo?).

    Of the two, I believe I heard somewhere that the embryonic ones allow for more options, as they are somehow less “set in their ways”, if you will, as opposed to adult stem cells.

    The morality of it is another story – I’m not sure as too the procedures involved, but it seems very likely that an embryo would be destroyed in the process – and for some people, that is enough to ban, at least, embryonic stem cell research.
    If the mother is going to have an abortion anyway, then what's the difference? Atleast this way the unborn baby's life wasn't sacrificed for nothing.

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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solace View Post
    If the mother is going to have an abortion anyway, then what's the difference? Atleast this way the unborn baby's life wasn't sacrificed for nothing.
    Those who oppose embryonic stem cell research often oppose abortions on the grounds that they believe it's baby murder, or some such.

    The two are closely tied, I think.

    So it's not a contridiction, really, to say no embronic stem cell research, if you're would not allow most abortions anyway.

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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    I thought the debate was really about federal funding..

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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I thought the debate was really about federal funding..
    Oh.. but that is stem cell research, we are talking about stim cell research so I don't know..

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    Re: Should stem cell research be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I thought the debate was really about federal funding..
    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.
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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.
    Let's clear something up a bit. It was all about federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, not just any old stem cell research. The only contention was over embryonic stem cells. All other research using federal funds was supported and never in contention.
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