What is (ESCR) Embroyonic Stem Cell Research?


I have been reading and hearing about embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) and even have gotten into a few debates with some friends. They take the cells from the brain stem at the top of the spinal cord from an embryo –which kills the embryo- and use the cells for research to see if they can be employed to cure damaged tissue resulting from Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, and some spinal cord injuries. The cells are fast growing and unspecialized. They can reproduce themselves and grow new organs for the body. They have the potential to grow into almost any kind of tissue and may restore lost function in damaged organs. The embryos must be killed for the cells to be harvested. Some of these cells come from aborted embryos. But there are ethical issues at hand.

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) requested panel discussions in August 1993. The panel concluded that embryos are entitled to profound respect but this does not necessarily take in the total legal and moral rights attributed to people. In my opinion this is just wrong. They want to kill babies so they can harvest the stem cells. There is even a possibility that they want to create embryos for that reason alone. Shades of Nazi! Advocates of ESCR want to use leftover embryos from invitro fertilization and elective abortions. Those embryos that are going to die anyway. It is bad enough that they are still using animals for medical research and now they want to use human babies.

All research was found at the Indianapolis Star News and at...

www.str.org/free/bioethics/stemcell.pdf







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