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  1. Introduction
  2. Galileo: The revolutionary
  3. The research on embryonic stem cells
    1. Ddefinition of a stem cell
    2. In-Vitro procedure and embryo's with a minimum chance of survival
    3. The Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Applications of Stem Cell Research
  4. President Bush and the ban on embryonic stem cell research
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

Thousands of years ago, before the thought of a cell had ever crossed anybody's mind, man revolutionized society with advances such as fire, the wheel, irrigation and the telescope. Man has now arrived at the next step, shall we say ?the wheel? of our lifetime, stem cells and in particular embryonic stem cells. Research of these remarkable and still very mysterious cells is the key to the future and can be more useful and rewarding than anyone had ever expected. Stem cells are the gateway to a longer, healthier life. They have the potential to cure such traumatic diseases as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's; the list could go on forever.

[...] most brilliant and revolutionary men in history. Socrates was forced to suicide by the government of his time, yet is now being taught in schools all over the world. Why can we not learn from our mistakes? Why should America's current brilliant scientists, its doctors and its potential patients be punished for the politically inspired ignorance of the government? One might say a scientist's freedom is not limited just because the federal government does not support his cause. But, one must keep in mind that, even though some scientists are wealthy enough to build their own labs, most are not. [...]

[...] This research, of course, was halted the moment President Bush signed the document banning it. Furthermore, support of such policies such as Clinton's dates back to 1979 when the United States government ?indicated that it was ethical to create research embryos? (Magill 264). Why did Bush have to overturn such a fair policy only a year after it was implemented? This further brings into question the reasons behind Bush's own policy; it is very possible that our president was not acting for the good of all the people, just for the good of some, including himself. [...]

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