What Is the Benefits of Embryonic Stem Cell Reseacrh and What Are the Negatives to Ir?

Question by mahendrix: what is the benefits of embryonic reseacrh and what are the negatives to ir?

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Answer by Danielle DP
benefits:
Cures for genetic disorders
Reasearch for future diseases
You can find out about and kinds of mutations or “mess ups” in your family’s gengtics

Negatives:
It is basically aborting babies ( but you have to stop and think that women have been aborting babies for years, and weither it is illegal or legal, women are still going to continue to do it. I think that it would be a good idea to take the babies that women are going to abort anaways, and they should use those to study.)
Moral or inmoral – (it is VERY ethical! Many people think that it is killing a life, while other think that it is saving a life (because we can find cures, and help people with diseases). So it is your decision on what you think.

Thanks!

Answer by none
Through careful work, adult stem cells could be used to repair a damaged brain or heart, rebuild a knee, restore injured nervous system connections

The great advantage of embryonic stem cells is that they can differentiate into 210 different types of tissue.

Heart Disease – German heart specialist Bodo Eckehard Strauer successfully treated a heart patient, using stem cells from the man’s bone marrow. Dr. Stauer said, “Even patients with the most seriously damaged hearts can be treated with their own stem cells instead of waiting and hoping on a transplant” (“Stem cell therapy repairs a heart,” London Daily Telegraph, August 25, 2001).

Heart Disease – “Four out of five seriously sick Brazilian heart-failure patients no longer needed a heart transplant after being treated with their own stem cells” (“Stem cells used to repair heart tissue,” MSNBC News, September 8, 2003).

Sickle Cell Anemia – CBS’ 60 Minutes II reported on 15-year-old Keone Penn, whose physicians at the University of Pittsburgh say was healed of sickle cell anemia with an injection of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. According the report, “the stem cells changed his entire blood system from type O to type B” and eliminated the sickle cell problem (“Stem cells from umbilical cord blood used to save a boy’s life,” CBS broadcast transcript, November 28, 2001).

Acute Myeloid Leukemia – Sixteen-year-old Nathan Salley told a U.S. Congressional subcommittee how stem cells from umbilical cord blood saved his life (“Teenager testifies he’s ‘living proof’ of stem-cell option,” Denver Post, July 22, 2001).

Multiple Sclerosis – Thirty-six-year-old Susan Stross is one of more than 20 MS patients whose conditions have remained steady or improved after receiving an adult stem cell transplant. The same results are reported with several hundred patients worldwide (“Already saving lives, stem cell research may soon be in full swing,” Seattle Times, August 20, 2001).

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – Forty-year-old Mark Fulford was not able to receive a bone marrow transplant; so doctors used stem cells from umbilical cord blood (“Different kind of stem cell already saving lives,” Denver Rocky Mountain News, August 18, 2001).

Parkinson’s Disease – “Jefferson researchers have early evidence of bone marrow stem cells able to become brain cells” (Thomas Jefferson University news release, November 12, 2001).

Improved Stroke Recovery – “Cells from the blood of an umbilical cord help rats recover from stroke faster, new study finds” (University of South Florida Health Sciences Center News Release, November 8, 2001).

Blood Stem Cell Transplant – “Transplantation: Surgical team uses standard stem cell procedure in unique way for kidney recipient” (Blood Weekly, March 7, 2002).

In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given drugs to suppress their immune systems followed by transfusions of stem cells drawn from their own blood.

All but two of the volunteers in the trial, details of which are published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), do not need daily insulin injections up to three years after stopping their treatment regimes.

The negatives are the ethical, moral & legal use of embryonic stem cells.

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