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. [...]
[...] As Maurice Rickard says is somewhat of an Irony that the discovery of cells with such tremendous potential for improving and prolonging our own lives, should bring with it, some of the most trenchant and intractable questions about life itself” So much proof exists about the revolutionary applications of embryonic stem cells that anyone who opposes them might as well be considered a murderer himself, not the other way around. Yes, there will always be those who say that there is not enough proof to take risks with human lives, but how else can anything be accomplished? [...]
[...] At a time like this, when people's lives are being taken away at the government's will, how could one not understand what an extra ten years of life can mean for the families of people with potentially treatable diseases? These ten years of life hold so many possibilities in them, so much to be gained. According to the Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Applications of Stem Cell Research there are over 133 million potential patients who can be treated or cured with the use of stem cells Further research on embryonic stem cells promises to bring therapies and cures for “diseases and debilities” such as Parkinson's, Huntington's, ALS, spinal cord injuries (such as in the paralyzed), Arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, cancer and the “regeneration of vital organs for transplant patients”(Magill 261). [...]
[...] Even Bush's fellow republicans, who are also against abortion, are “included among those trying to persuade him of embryonic and fetal stem cells' potential” (Laino 1). The Fact of the matter is that Bush is trying to keep the votes of his religious Middle America supporters, while not realizing that he is losing the support of the individual state governments one by one, seemingly with the whole country soon to follow. Basically, unless the whole country works as a whole, currently unthinkable scenarios might occur. [...]
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