Tuesday, 2 February 2010
12:39:54 PM (GMT)
Stem cells are cells that have the ability of growth, to reform, and create.
Because no other cell can do this in the human body it makes these extremely special.
They are found in embryos. Some are also found in adult humans.
The Three main types of stem cells are Totipotent, Multipotent, Pluripotent.
Totipotent can for all other cells in the body, and is found in embryos. Multipotent
can produce only certain types of cells. Pluripotent can produce all types except
those needed for fetus.
Stem cells can help stop cancer and birth defects. Since these are both caused by a
defect in cell division and development. Stem cells can also waste our money, and
that’s what we all want right? However, some good can come out of the stem cell
research that depletes our money for an unlikely discovery. The fact is if by some
miracle of a chance they can control stem cells then they could be used to test out
The biggest controversy over stem cell research is that in order to get embryonic
cells it is extracted from human embryos, and in turn kills the baby the embryo could
have been. Another argument is that it’s a waste of money, Though Bush had
illegalized any public funding for the research it’s still stupid to waste any
money on it. Other people find Stem cell research a good idea because of what could
come out of it. The thought of the ability to stop cancer, and birth defects thrills
many people. Because adult stem cells are available many people believe that that is
the right choice, however, adult stem cells are not in an abundance at this time.
It’s still legal however during Bush’s presidency he illegalized public funding
for stem cell research. Obama however, has overturned Bush’s order, so that now
public funding is allowed. Bush also illegalized stem cell research all together.
President Clinton actually funded stem cell research a while back.
I think stem cell research is very stupid. We can’t waste our money trying to
study something that we don’t know for sure we can control or obtain soon. If it
were in a closer reach than it is today I would say the contrary. However, we need
as much money as we can get, not to spend as much money as we can. I don’t mind the
killing of embryos, but what I do mind is the killing of our economy. Other arguments
are it can help us greatly, but what help would it be if no one can afford to use it?
The fact that it could help doesn’t help us. If we knew it would help that would
change a lot of things in my argument.