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Professor Douglas Winters
BIOL 1010-012
26 April 2016
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
In 1878 scientist began to try to fertilize mammalian eggs outside of the body; this was
the first reported attempt (“The Human Embryonic Stem Cell and the Human Embryonic Germ
Cell”). This isn’t when scientist first began conducting embryonic stem cell research in humans,
but this was the beginning of a series of events that would eventually lead to it. In 1998 James
Thomson, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, succeeded in removing cells
from a spare embryo at a fertility clinic. This sparked a lot of conversation among many, from
politicians to religious authorities to scientist (Weiss). Scientist claim that embryonic stem cell
research could extremely be beneficial in finding cures for certain diseases, while others claim
that embryonic stem cell is unethical and unnecessary.
To scientist all around the world embryonic stem cell research will enable a development
of an entirely new science. They believe that this new science holds the keys to many health
benefits. They argue that embryonic stem cells could potentially help us in the future for medical
problems like birth defects, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and spinal cord injuries;
this isn’t just limited to these medical problems either. The reason why embryonic stem cells are
so beneficial to these types of medical condition is because of their ability to reproduce into any
other cell(s) that are present in the human body (“Embryonic Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons
Lists”).

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The majority of reasons to as of why people are against embryonic stem cell research is
that it is against people’s morale code. Many people believe that human life begins at conception
and if this is true then it would be a very unethical an inhumane thing to do. They also say that
embryonic stem cell research will have an end result in human cloning. The problem with human
cloning is that, they believe that it will devalue human life. There is also an uncertainty of what
these embryonic stem cells will do once injected into adults. Some believe that by injecting these
cells they could cause tumors due to rapid growth. To some people there isn’t even a need to use
embryonic stem cells because adult stem cells are just as versatile and there is little danger of
them getting rejected (“Embryonic Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons Lists”).
I myself believe that embryonic stem cell research should be allowed. From the minor
research I have done on the topic it seems that those who are against have very little knowledge
on the field itself. A few things stuck out to me in Rick Weiss’s article, “Stem Cell Divide”, was
when he was talking about all the great things that could be done with embryonic stem cell
research like how in the UK they have begun figuring how to morph these stem cells into
cardiac, neural, pancreatic, and retinal cells. Granted they are doing this with embryonic stem
cells of mice, but what if they could do that with human embryonic stem cells as well?
Possibilities could be endless in the health and science fields. Maybe if there was concrete
evidence that life did begin at conception then I would go against it because it would be like
taking a life and taking someone’s life is murder. So as of right now I believe it should be
allowed to do this type of research because of all the benefits that could be produced from it, but
I feel like there should be certain guidelines and rules to how we go about this research . The
reason being, I believe that we should be in pursuit to further our knowledge on the world around
us but not at the price of losing our humanity.

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Work Cited
“Embryonic Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons Lists.” Occupytheory.org. Occupy Theory. 15
Feb. 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.
“The Human Embryonic Stem Cell and the Human Embryonic Germ Cell.” Stemcells.nih.gov.
National Institutes of Health. 17 Jun. 2001. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.
Weiss, Rick. “The Stem Cell Divide.” Nationalgeographic.com. National Geographic Magazine.
n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.