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Fernando Casales
Research FAQ
5-12-10

Unwind, a tale of three ordinary people mustered together to be unwound. Unwinding,
is a procedure of removing all parts of a person, so they can be transplanted into someone who
needs it. Although unwinding is fictional, a very real stem cell research is taking place. Stem cell
research, making stem cells to use them as medicine, sometimes resulting in killing a “baby.”
In this FAQ research paper I talk about what Stem Cell Research is, its ethics, and politics.


What is stem cell research?


Stem cells are cells that have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body.
Acting as a repair system, they can divide without limits to replace other cells for as long as the
person is alive. When a stem cell divides, each “daughter” cell has the ability to remain a stem
cell or become a another type if cell with specific functions. Such as a muscle cell, a red blood
cell, a brain cell, or even any other dead cells you may have (Bethesda).
Human stem cells come from adult tissue and embryos. Adult stem cells can be harvested from
adult tissue to little to no harm to the adult. However, to get embryonic stem cells you have to
destroy the embryo. Is this immoral process worth the hundreds of diseases and injuries stem
cells can cure (Bethesda)?


Is stem cell research ethical?


There are two concerns that dominate this debate. A the potential for human cloning.
Scientists believe that human cloning can come in handy to a person in the near future. Say you
get hurt and are left in a condition so bad that you needed transplants. If human cloning existed
you could get those parts from the other “you”. Still that would be harming a innocent being or
would a clone be treated as nothing. This is where the opposition takes place. Are we being
moral and just (Scolari).
The second concern, B whether the embryos used are human life. Sure scientists have
terms and scientific explanations on how embryos aren't developed yet. They say it takes about
fourteen to fifteen days for a embryo to be considered human and living. Since the embryos
they use are about five days old. They see their actions as just and not as taking an innocent
humans life for another. That makes people wonder, would you be willing to live with yourself if
you knew someone was killed in order to save you (Siegel).


What are politics on stem cell research?


They have varied from time to time and the government was opposed. America wasn‘t providing federal funds to any kind of research that is involved with creating or destroying a human
embryo. President Bush was the one who banned and set limitations to stem cell research. Not
a microscope, petri dish, or even beaker is provided by federal funds. It was pretty much
considered illegal, the only way for stem cell research to have occurred was if it is paid for by
private funds. Even then it had its limits (Dunn).
With a new president comes change. President Obama lifted the ban on stem cell research
within his first one hundred days as president. He sees promise in stem cell research, hoping to
cure and prevent diseases(“Obama Ends Stem Cell Research Ban”)
Biblography


Dunn, Kyla. "The Politics Of Stem Cells." PBS. PBS, 13 April 2005. Web. 28 April 2010.
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Bethesda, . "Stem Cell Information." Stem Cell Information. National Institutes of Health, 19
April 2010. Web. 29 April 2010. <http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/>.



Siegel, Andrew. "Ethics of stem cell research." Stanford Encyclopedia of Phlosophy. Andrew Siegel, 25 April 2008. Web. 5 May 2010. <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/stem-cells>.


Scolari, S. "What is stem cell research." Wisegeek. conjecture corporation, 14 april 2010. Web.
14 april 2010. <http://wisegeek.com/what-is-stem-cell-research.htm>. x


"Obama Ends Stem Cell Research Ban." CBSnews. CBS, 09 April 2009. Web. 30 April
2010`. <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/09/politics/100days/domesticissues/

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