The Beneficial Stem Cells

March 2, 2014
By TH3_TARD1S BRONZE, Oswego, Illinois
TH3_TARD1S BRONZE, Oswego, Illinois
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Vote science, not religion! For far too long, the government has been banning the federal funding of stem cell research due to religious beliefs influencing the government. What they don’t know is that the future of stem cells is cures to complex genetical diseases, regrowing lost limbs and even cloning.

To begin, the stem cells are potential cures and treatments for many complex genetical diseases. Other countries are already providing treatment for people with Cancer and Parkinson’s disease. It is estimated that in approximately 10 years, there will be a full cure for Cancer in those countries already providing treatment. We, on the other hand, will have a cure in approximately 35 years, due to the ban on federal funding for stem cell research.

Continuing on, in 2001 Bush banned all federal funding on stem cell research. The researchers could still get privately funded, but even that is not enough money. The stem cell research slowly crawled along, making little progress. Fortunately, in 2009, Obama lifted the ban on stem cell research funding. So far, the research took a little time to get moving along, and we are almost to the point of having treatment for bone cancer, which is a type of cancer that has no treatment yet.

To expand on the future of stem cells, the cells can grow into any kind of organ or limb the patient needs, and because it’s taken from the person, it has matching DNA and there would be no need for a donor. At least 75% of people in need of a transplant have no matching donor, so the stem cells would be greatly beneficial to them. The main controversy is that most stem cells come from human embryos. People think that, since it’s potentially a baby, it’s technically murder. I hate to break it to you, but it’s not. The embryo starts to develop into a baby at 10 days, and the c=scientists make sure they use them before then. So, it’s not a baby, and it’s not murder.

The future of stem cells could potentially save millions of lives a year, and the only thing holding that future back is the people who believe that it could be a baby someday, but the scientists make sure they do their research on the cells before it’s a baby. So the question is; Save millions, or save one?

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