Since this subject, which is VERY near and dear to my heart, was breached in another thread (http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/571833/
), I thought I'd start a (vainly yet hopefully) debate on the subject.
Where do you weigh in on the subject of banning expanded stem cell lines for greater research? Do you think it is ethical (my position) or unethical (GWB's position) to use aborted fetuses to harvest new lines of embryonic stem cells for medical research?
Personally, I think that the benefits far outweigh any potential harm - Afterall, the aborted fetuses are being thrown away anyway. I don't agree with abortion but it is the law of the land. Since it is, rather than trying to reverse Rowe vs. Wade, why not take a bad thing (and this is not a debate on the merits or drawbacks of abortion - so don't skew it that way) and make something positive come from it?
Stem Cell Research is the most promising line of research (I think) going on today. The possibilities are limitless as these Embryonic Stem Cells can make themselves into any human cell needed. I understand that German doctors have done 35 experimental therapies on 35 different heart patients with chronic heart disease and had 35 complete successes - a 100% positive rate! Results like that are unheard of with other treatment regimens.
Why then do we consider it unethical to let literally millions of people suffer from things that can be corrected by using embryonic stem cells? I also understand that scientists have severed the spinal cords of lab rats, leaving them paralyzed, injected them with rodent embryonic stem cells, and within weeks, they are walking again!
, enough on my side of this debate, let's hear your side....
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(