Stem Cell Research

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Do You Support Stem Cell Research?

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    Some say stem cell research will lead to improved treatments for diabetes, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, and othe serious medial problems. Others say that stem cell research will lead to human cloning. Some say the stem cell research trangresses their religious beliefs. What is your opinion?
     
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    Can't answer unless you specify which type of stem-cell research. Adult Stem Cell, which has been shown to differentiate into all types of cells, which has been used successfully to treat many (I think 70, but not 100% sure) diseases, sometimes curing them. Or embryonic stem cells, which have not even made it to human testing yet, which have been shown to be rejected by the body, even turn cancerous, and also end a tiny human life in producing them. The Adult Stem cell research, I support wholeheartedly. Embryonic, I am absolutely opposed to.
     
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    Do it all..
     
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    I support anything that will extend our lives or fix what ails us. God gave us the ability to reason and learn and the free will to make decisions on how to act on the learning. If we choose not to act, I think he may ask us later, "Why didn't you use all the gifts I gave you?"

    Just my opinion of course.
     
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    The poll referred to both types of stem cell research:

    Groups Supporting Embryonic Stem Cell Research:

    American Medical Association (AMA)
    American Society for Cell Biology
    Association of American Medical Colleges
    Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
    Conation for the Advancement of Medical Research
    Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
    Letter from 80 Nobel Laureates in support of ES cell research
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    ALS Association
    Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
    Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
    Parkinson's Action Network

    Groups Opposed to Embryonic Stem Cell Research:

    Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics
    Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
    National Conference of Catholic Bishops
    Stem Cell Research and the Catholic Church (AmericanCatholic.org)
    American Family Association
    Culture of Life Foundation
    Focus on the Family
    National Right to Life Committee

    http://www.biology.iupui.edu/biocourses/Biol540/11hesfull2k4.html
     
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    I'm with mom4. Adult stem cell research, go for it. Embryonic stem cell research, no way.
     
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    Why wouldn't they put more resources into the research that is yielding results? Makes no sense to me. It's all about keeping their grant money. ESCR is a fast train to nowhere.
     
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    You can draw stem cells from the nose, from hair follicles, and from umbilical fluid, nobody dies and many could be saved.
     
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    This is why I asked him to specify embryonic v/s "adult" stem cells. The media has done a great job of obfuscating the fact that there are different sources, and also hiding the fact that methods using the stem cells obtained from tiny embryos are not even close to being ready for treatment, have proven cancerous and perilously unstable, while stem cells obtained from other sources are already being used to treat and cure patients. Why not put the finances behind the research that is working? ESCR has many times the amount of funding that ASCR has, yet has yielded NO results. Waste of money, not to mention a waste of tiny lives. All with the extra tragedy of false hope for those who are ailing, who believe that ESCR can help them. Diverting funding from the research that is working NOW to a fairy tale (ESCR) spun by researchers who don't want to lose their grant money is nothing less than evil. Who knows how many lives could have been saved, diseases cured or relieved if they were more worried about the people than their own quest.
     

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