A Father Sees the Benefits of Stem Cell Research
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, August 29, 2003 - Save & Share - One Comment

What are the arguments against Stem Cell Research? Are they purely religous hang-ups? It is hard to read an “article like this one”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1029268,00.html and not think that Stem Cell Research is a good thing.

bq. ??I played a game today with my six-year-old son, Wyndham, which involved kicking a ball back and forth. It was a very visual game: the object was to catch the ball. As it progressed, I was able to run six to 10ft and catch the ball in the air. At other times, it would slip right through my hands. I am taller and faster than Wyndham and he can see much better than me, so we were quite evenly matched. He was better at kicking the ball straight than I was. We each caught the ball 20 times over the course of an hour.??

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Comment from jank
Time August 29, 2003 at 11:53 am

Metaphysical might be a better word than religous. The question is one of the most basic, namely ‘When does human life begin?’ None of the major religions directly address this, to the best of my knowledge. If a person believes that an individual life starts with a single cell, then fetal stem cell research involves killing humans.

Incidently, it is only research with stem cells derived from fetuses that’s politically sensitive. It is possible to get stem cells from adult bone marrow, and this method has provided some positive results. However, fetal stem cells are somewhat easier to work with than those from other sources. Generally, they’re acquired by fertilizing harvested eggs in vitro, and then destroying the embryos once they’ve divided a few times.

If a person thinks that those fertilized embryos are people, based on what’d happen once they were implanted and incubated for 9 months or so, then destroying the embryo to begin to cultivate the stem cell lines is essentially a murder of the person represented by that embryo.

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