I was asked to argue the "pro" side of this topic because I stated I was against it. Did my own paper change my mind? I won't tell.
Embryonic stem cell research (ES) has been described as one of the most significant breakthroughs of this century in biomedicine. (Savulescu, 2000) The benefits of ES include gene therapy and the generation of replacement tissue and organs for transplant. With further ES, drug companies could test their products on stem cell lines to determine unexpected tissue problems. Deaths which have resulted from unexpected consequences of drug interactions could be prevented if ES testing was done.(Rolletschek A., 2004) Another important ES proposal would use ES cells to study early events in human development. Placental abnormalities, congenital birth defects and other unexplained events in early human development could be studied using ES.(J.A., 2000)
The benefits of ES are easy to discuss. Little controversy surrounds the potential benefits. Most controversy lies within the moral realm. Is it moral to use embryos to advance science? Is the moral issue moot at this time?
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