Stem Cell Debate

Can life be preserved at the expense of other life? The use of human embryonic stem cells presents a tight tangle of ethical questions - Nicolas Wade

Stem Cell Debate
Stem Cell Debate

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The Stem Cell Debate: Is it Over?

Stem cell therapies are not new. Doctors have been performing bone marrow stem cell transplants for decades. But when scientists learned how to remove stem cells from human embryos in 1998, both excitement and controversy ensued.

The excitement was due to the huge potential these cells have in curing human disease. The controversy centered on the moral implications of destroying human embryos. Political leaders began to debate over how to regulate and fund research involving human embryonic stem (hES) cells.

Newer breakthroughs may bring this debate to an end. In 2006 scientists learned how to stimulate a patient's own cells to behave like embryonic stem cells. These cells…

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 The Stem Cell Debate: Is it Over?

With alternatives to hES cells now available, the debate over stem cell research is becoming increasingly irrelevant. But ethical questions regarding hES cells may not entirely go away.

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