Controversy with embryonic stem cell research


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Controversy with embryonic stem cell research

  1. 2. INTRO TO A CELL <ul><li>A CELL IS THE BASIC UNIT OF LIFE. </li></ul><ul><li>ONE TYPE OF CELL IS A STEM CELL </li></ul><ul><li>THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF STEM CELLS. </li></ul><ul><li>EMBRYONIC STEM CELL-THIS TYPE OF CELL CAN BECOME ANY TYPE OF TISSUE OR ORGAN OF THE BODY. </li></ul><ul><li>ADULT STEM CELL- THIS TYPE OF CELL IS LIMITED TO WHAT IT CAN BECOME (SCOTT, 2006) </li></ul>“ monster” cell- triple labeled by Trazy on flickr
  2. 3. Why do scientist want to advance in their research? <ul><li>They think that by using embryonic stem cells, they can have benefits in medical therapy. </li></ul><ul><li>Embryonic stem cells can adapt to their environment, they can renew themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Stem cells can have special functions (ex. Heart beat muscle) </li></ul>Mouse embryonic stem cell by California Institute for Regenerative Medicine on flickr
  3. 4. Where does politics stand? <ul><li>Former President George Bush, allowed funding for embryonic stem cell research only when the embryo is harvested, not frozen and still living. </li></ul><ul><li>He considered himself to be pro-life which made others, like Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, made him rethink his opinion on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Bush has even vetoed policies that will try to override his decision (Lefkowitz, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to Bush, there was an amendment called the Dickey Amendment, which did fund research involving “human embryos or embryos being destroyed” (Lefkowitz, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Former President Clinton had his lawyers revise this however. </li></ul><ul><li>Final decision by Pres. Bush, allow public funding, only on embryo lines already created. </li></ul>The perfect drug by limowreck on flickr
  4. 5. Religion point of view (Roman Catholic Church) <ul><li>They believe life begins at conception </li></ul><ul><li>Tampering with embryos is tampering with Gods creation </li></ul><ul><li>Their view point “ they [embryonic stem cells ] are purposely created to be destroyed” ( Sanders, 136) </li></ul>Clip Art
  5. 6. Religion cont…(Islamic and Muslim) <ul><li>In regards to science they have what is called the ijtihadwhich states what can, and cannot be done. </li></ul><ul><li>Research that will benefit humankind and does not question the works of Allah is permissible </li></ul><ul><li>They can embrace knowledge but remember that God is merciful and no advancement is possible without Him. </li></ul>Old Bible by BogdonBarlea On Flickr
  6. 7. My opinion on the matter <ul><li>Public funding is great for embryonic stem cell research. </li></ul><ul><li>However, the issue is still so complex that it can’t just be seen as an advancement in science. </li></ul><ul><li>Embryos are being “killed” but they are still being put to great use. </li></ul><ul><li>Controversy isn’t whether religion or politics is right, but moral and ethic point of views. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Al-Hayani, F. (2008). Biomedical ethics. Zygon. 42, 153-165. Retrieved February 17, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Pressberg, G., & Solo, P. (2007). The promise and politics of stem cell research. Westport, CT:PraegerPublishers. </li></ul><ul><li>Sanders, W. (2006). Embryonic stem cell research destroys human lives. In Wilson, M. (Ed.), World Religion (pp. 134-138). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale. </li></ul><ul><li>Scott, C. (2006). Stem cell now: From the experiment that shook the world to the newpolitics of life . New York, NY: PI Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Leftkowirz, J. (2008) Stem cells and the president: “An inside account.” Commentary, 125, 19-24. </li></ul>