Stem Cell Research: Future's Cure



Innumerable amounts of sick people are dying each day due to degenerative diseases ranging from cancer to sickle cell anemia. It is estimated that 1,500 people die from cancer daily in the United States alone. These people, however oppressed, can still be hopeful of their futures regarding a certain discovery in science: stem cells. These embryonic stem cells (also referred to as ESCs) are said to have the potential to form any of the more than 220 cell types in the human body. This sort of scientific discovery might provide cures for those said debilitating illnesses, including Alzheimer's and juvenile diabetes. However, the minority of U.S. citizens opposes using embryonic stem cells because any scientific testing on them would mean destroying human embryos. Former President George W. Bush opposed any federal funding supporting the scientific testing on ESCs and backed up his opposition by claiming that any such study "crosses a moral boundary."


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The majority of Americans feel that the benefits outweigh the cost of destroying a human embryo: embryos that are, in fact, donated, and are unlikely to develop into a living child. More often than not, these ESCs are disposed of and not thought of twice. In Marcia Clemmitt's informative outlook on stem cell usage, she points out that embryonic stem cells have already been experimentally tested upon in economically advanced countries where studies on such cells are flexible, thus validating the point that research is common. Scientific research on embryonic stem cells should be both practiced and federally funded because scientists theorize that embryonic stem cells are more easier to work with than adult cells, research has already been developed in economically advanced countries around the world, and in doing so, potential is put forth for cures to debilitating diseases.

Embryonic Cells (ESCs) versus Adult Stem Cells (ASCs)