Monday, October 31, 2011

Issue #1: Stem Cell Research

Stem Cell Research is highly debated in science, medicine, and even government.

Click below to enter the tutorial on Stem Cells:http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/tech/stemcells/ (the website has changed so click on a tiny hyperlink at the top of the page that says "they may be archived here."

Spend some time completing the two interactive explorations: What Are Stem Cells? and What Are Some Different Types Of Stem Cells?

You will also want to look through some of the shorter links on the right side of the tutorial: What Is The Goal Of Stem Cell Research?, Stem Cell Therapies Today, and Stem Cell Therapies In The Future.

Now that you have some background, please respond to the following questions:

1. You read about the different types of stem cells ranging from embryonic to adult. In your opinion, do embryonic stem cells represent human life? Are you ok with the use of some stem cells and not others? Explain.

2. Should the government provide funding for embryonic stem cell research? Should there be laws to regulate stem cell research?

85 comments:

JoshL2014 said...

Embryonic stem cells don't represent human life. They are human life. People are throwing around terms that trick people into thinking differently. But stem cells wouldn't feel anything and nothing would suffer if we took some and studied them. I don't believe in this however, because I think we should leave things how they are. In the past, it has been shown obviously, that we shouldn't be manipulating nature. This has caused many problems for earth. For the government, they should stop worrying about if someone is studying brain cells or stem cells or any type of cell. If they made laws to regulate cell research, that would be ridiculous. However, I think it would be smart, to allow the use of natural herbs. This is a whole different ballgame, because them we could also figure out more about the things around us that are natural.

JacobJ424 said...

In my Opinion The use of embryonic stem cells is more than justified. I don't think embryonic cells represent human life, it has not grown enough to represent human life. Yes, the use of stem cells is OK with me. It is for the growth of our civilization and quite frankly a huge step forward for science. Therefore I think the government should fund it.

kellenw736@lpsk12.org said...

I belive that embryonic stem cells could possibly help humanity.considering that these cealls are created naturally this research coudl bennefit scince. and people who have diseases like scicle cell adn potentailly amputees.

amandaf2015 said...

I do not think that the ebryonic cells have developed enough to be considered human life. If stem cell research has the potential to make a big difference, the use of all the stem cells could possibly be a vital tool. Right now, I don't think that the government should fund this. If individual stem cell research comes to a point where it is completely successful, I think the government should fund it to really benefit science and people across the world. I do think there should be laws to regulate it so that people don't overstep their boundaries.

peterg101 said...

This is a touchy subject for most people, including myself. While there are many benefits of using stem cells, I can also see the morality issue as well. I this it is okay to use stem cells that are not embryonic to satisfy both sides of the argument. If they are not embryonic them they don't represent life, leaving no reason for people to dispute there usage The government regulates medical and scientific practices, so I see no reason to not allow them to do the same in the case of stem cells.

SydnieL said...

I do not think that stem cells are human life because they are cells, and nothing more. I am fully supportive of using all types of stem cells, because that is the only way our government and world will get any further in technology, is through research. I think that the government should provide funding because it can only help them. There should be no laws against anything that can benefit you. Even though it may be expensive, in the long run, it can and will pay off.

Shelby H said...

Embryonic stem cells aren’t human life because they are just cells. That’s all they are. I think the using of stem cells for all purposes is okay because they are benefiting the person that is receiving them, so would you rather have more people dying then living when we have a cure? I think there should be a little government funding but not trillions and trillions of dollars. If every penny helps get closer and closer to curing something, why not try and cure it as fast as you can? There should be no laws against the stem cell research because it’s going to help people in the long run.

mikaelam said...

1. I do not think that embryonic stem cells represent human life. They are simply cells, they cannot yet think or feel nor do they have the structure of a baby/human. I don't think cells represent human life until they are in the fetal stem cell stage, when the fetus grows arms and legs and such. I think that the use of all stem cells is ok, as long as the research and use continues to help people or find a cure.

2. I think that the government should provide some funding to the research as it is benefitting. This research would have a hard time being successful if they had no money, however I don't think that our governement is in a state where they need to spend A LOT of money on the topic. I think that laws should regulate stem cell research, as we don't want it too become out of hand, ie - spending too much money.

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Kate E. said...

I think that embryonic stem cells represent human life in some cases but not all because in most causes it is at that early stage in creation. I am okay with the use of early stage stem cells because they are not fully developed enough to represent life, but as they grow I do not aprove of their use because they are becoming more and more life like challenging ethical and moral issues. I think that the government should provide some funding for stem cell research because it does need to be researched. The more we know about it the safer we can make it. Laws to regulate stem cell research should go as far as safley they can go without crossing ethical boundaries.

KatieH said...

1.) In my opinion I do not believe that embryonic stem cells represent human life just because of the fact that they aren't human. I believe these become human when nerves and thoughts develop and they are able to feel.

2.) Sure, the government should provide money to research stem cells for scientific nature. I think it is a good idea to know about life and how it works. I also think that the government should regulate stem cells research. Because it is such a touchy subject and it could cause problems if the research was being taken advantage of in some way.

AnyaC said...

1. No, I don't think embryonic cells don't represent human life, but they are a component that drives the growth of cells into a human. I see a positive future in the use of stem cells because that means less people are needed to donate their organs. Also, when a stem cell is created to become a different type of cell, it isn't actually going to turn into a baby. It's not developed long enough to do so. However, there are cases when a full human being is born to only be used as a donor to to more favored sibling. That's wrong.

2. Why not? In the United States, the leading cause of deaths are from various cardiovascular diseases and cancers. If scientists can find a way to cure these ailments, then perhaps there would be less of a healthcare crisis. Yes, I think there should be laws to regulate stem cell research in case scientists go too far and start cloning human beings as a use of therapy for the ill. However, laws shouldn't incredibly strict, because much of the time, morality plays a role, which I think should have nothing to do with finding a cure for ailments without creating a more developed human embryo.

Megan D said...

I think embryonic stem cells represent life because they are the early stage in creation and replace cells that need to be replaced due to daily ware and tear. I am ok with using early stem cells because they are not fully developed and may not be needed, and we could use them to be tested but as the cells develop I don’t think that we should use them because it would be unmoral and we would be using cells that are functioning in the body and becoming more life like. I am okay with the use of early stem cells as long as they are being used to help and benefit the lives of humans. I think that the government should provide money for embryonic stem cell research because even if we aren’t using the cells scientists still need to research and learn more about the human body in order to help people and further expand our knowledge of the human body and the cells that we are made up of. I don’t think that there should be laws against stem cell research because it is just researching more about the body and cells which is harmless and we need to research more in order to understand more and further educate people about life and cells.

JoannaH2015 said...

1. No, I don't believe that embryonic cells represent human life because embryonic cells are what come before human life, so, in a sense, they represent a pre-life. The function of that particular embryonic cell is determined before life is born and, subsequently, are already made and functioning when the baby is born. I am ok with the use of some stem cells and not others because as the body is developing in the whom, there all tons of embryonic cells that are already pre- made. If the body decides to only use some, there are still plenty to use and to function.

2.Of course, because there really are no cons to doing stem cell research anyway, so why not provide scientists with the opportunity to dive in and scope out a lot of information about it. If we know more about stem cells and their development, scientists can prevent certain diseases from forming. I don't think that there should be laws regulating stem cell research because at least if the government isn't going to provide funding, they might as well allow people to use their own money to do the research if they really want to. It's their money. They should be able to do with it what they please.

ToriH said...

Stem Cells are formed as a normal part of embryonic development but they are isolated and grown in a petri dish. So yes, early on they represent human life but when they are put in a petri dish they are then apart of scientific research. Then it can be used to study cures to diseases and treat living humans. I don't know why scientists would use some stem cells and not others but if they have reason to believe its not usable then that is fine.

I think stem cell research should just be like any other research: on one's initiative. The person interested should fund and conduct the research, not the government or their laws.

Baileys said...

I don't believe that embryonic stem cells represent human life. But I do think they are very important in human life, I think it is important that we have these stem cells because they are all most likely important and play a role in our body. These stem cells help create who we are as babys in the womb. I think the goverement should fund for research because it's always good to learn more about the human body and I don't understand why we wouldn't take advantage of this knowledge.

MadelineP said...

1. In my opinion some cells don't represent human life. Like bone stem cells. The marrow in your bones create red blood cells that are used to transport Oxygen to other cells. Your blood doesn't make you human. Blood is found in every type of animal. Although on the other hand embryonic stem cells do represent human life. I believe we should let embryonic stem cells be and use the other ones that are given. Those would function just fine.

2. Sure, the government could provide funding for embryonic stem cell research. If they use embryo's that were grown in a lab not one from a mother. There's nothing wrong with that because the donors are willingly giving to research. Now they can also provide funding forstem cell research for all the other cells. We can see if the other cells could be told to do more functions. Like turning a skin cell into a nerve cell. We can push those barriers and see how far we can go. But I disagree with using embryo's for research.

CourtneyJ said...
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CourtneyJ said...

Embryonic stem cells surly do not represent life, embryonic stem cells have not developed well enough to determine life or not. They are the cells in our body, for instance, skin stem cells, and there is no guarantee for every cell to become life. In this case, the use of these cells to help renew and rebuild damaged or unable to work life processes, that are rare or common, is an extremely big step in technology and cures. Continuing, all uses of stem cells are a great way to help these issues.These cells can help a person living, and there's no hurt to any one. Yes other problems like tumors can occur. But we might as well continue experimenting, because results of a few peoples deaths now, can later result in saving a million lives later. Until we know the exact ways for completing these processes, government definitely does not need to invest and fund large amounts of money. Once we know every detail and the way stem cell transfers work for different people, then the research can be supported with high potential. Once this happens, I see no con again law regulations, when law regulations are present in other types of research.

Cloe B said...

I do not think that embryonic cells represent human life. They are not highly developed enough to be considered life either. I think that stem cells should be used to help people with medical conditions, since we have the technology we might as well take advantage of it. I think that the government should fund this research because it poses great scientific opperrunities. Also there shouldn't be any laws against something that has such great potential.

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SydneyB said...

I don't think embryonic stem cells represent human life. They have not developed enough to be considered life yet but we would need them to help create life. To be a living human I think you need more than just the right cells... feeling, thinking,personality etc... are needed.

Yeah, researching embryonic stem cells could save many lives if it was successful. There definitely should be laws to regulate research, they should only able to create the cells using matured donors, so they absolutely should not be allowed to experiment with the cells of a child or infant when it brings up possibility of disrupting their growth so early on.

HanselP said...

The whole point of embryonic stem cell research is that these cells have the potential to become any kind of tissue (nerve tissue, skin tissue, bone tissue, etc).

In my opinion the government should provide funding for embryonic stem cell researches. Why would we go against something that could save lots of human lives. I don't think there should be any laws for something that could be a major advancement in our medication system.

Unknown said...

1.I think that embryonic stem cells may not respect life but they are useful and I beleive they should be allowed to be used to help living people now
2. The government should give funding to stem cell research and there should not be laws to regulate the research so we can truly reach the limits of helping poeple

Dominiqueh866 said...

I see how stem cells represent human life. It's a sensitive topic to a good majority of people. I am neither pro or against it. Research is always good as long as it's not being taken advantage of.

Unknown said...

I think that embryonic stem cells in represent human life. I am okay with the use of stem cells because they may not always be needed but when they are it is good to have it there. I think that there is more important and current problems that the government could be spending our money on like cancer. I don't think laws are needed to regulate stem cell research because as long as no one is getting hurt and it is not being taken advantage of then experiment is okay.

Mckenna said...

In some ways embryonic cells can represent human life, but in other ways, they are simply just cells. In the early development of humans, they are very useful. The help produce a living thing, as do other cells. But embryonic cells are one of the most important steps in developing life. Although when life is created, embryonic cells seem to fall out of place, or are not as important anymore. Human life is more then cells, they develop personality and thinking. Yes the government could spend money to do more research on embryonic cells, but i believe there are more important medical issues in our world like cancer, which we could put our money too.

MaddieJ said...

Embryonic stem cells do not really represent human life. The cell is not even in human form while they take the stem cells. Using stem cells to help people could be an amazing breakthrough in science and would help many people in the future. I think that the use of stem cells and stem cell research is a great thing that could help many people.

I think that the government should provide some form of funding for embryonic stem cell research. That way we could advance further in the field of study while not really worrying about the cost. There should be laws to regulate stem cell research. We don't want it to get out of hand and have people trying to create the perfect human or anything like that.

Sarahf2015 said...

In my opinion, embryonic stem cells do not represent human life. To me, it is simply a cell that helps process the stem cells, but does not relate to the human life. For example, its like sayig Im related to my dog. Even though we live in the same house and are family we ar not blood related. Embryonic help the stem cells process in the pre stage but after that, they have nothing to do with operating human life. In my opinion I am okay with the use of stem cells in rare cases. If stemcells help cure someone or help someone in a positive way and it for sure will work then I am okay with it. But if in the process of using stem cells, someones life is at stake while expirmenting, then I am definetly not okay with the use of stem cells.

2.I think the government should only use limiting funding for the research of the stem cell because in my opinion a stem cell is not a necassity unless, like I said before, in rare cases. If a person is getting a stem cell for no reason then I dont see why the government should fund millions of dollars for it. If stem cells turns out to really help society (which is done by research and therefore funding) then I think that would be the time when the goverment can fund more money in regulating stem cell research.

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Drew Knapp said...

I don't think that embryonic stem cells represent human life. They aren't any nerve cells so it can't feel pain. If we can heal diseases and illnesses like sickle cell anemia then I say go for it. We could possibly even grow our own embryonic cells in labs and cultivate them. Saving people's lives and reducing injuries and scars should be the first priority. I think that the government should fund this research. If we have the technology why don't we use it to further extend the human condition?

Loganl899 said...

1.I believe that stem cells do not represent human life, because all they are is a collection of cells that are unable to do anything unless they are given the right signals. The use of stem cell, at least for now, does not affect me so it’s not my decision on whether or not some cell should be used or not.
2.As I stated earlier it’s not my decision to make. And to be clear it’s not that I don’t care it’s that currently it does not affect my life so why should I decide if the government funds or if laws regulate it.

hunterk2015 said...

I do not believe that the human stem cell does not relate to existing human life. A normal cell has a function, a purpose in the body. This stem cell, however, does not. it is simply a cell that has yet to be told what its purpose is. I believe the government should fund research in this field because it's such an untapped resource that we can access, why shouldn't we? I believe that if we can focus on the now, and even the future for further research, we should do what we can.

Mackenzie R said...

I do not believe that embryonic stem cells represent human life because they are only a group of cells and shouldn’t be considered as humans. I believe the use of stem cells is okay because these cells don’t take away life, but help to save others. I believe that if the government funded this research it could save lives and help the human population to improve medical knowledge and help people in need. There should be laws to regulate this process because although it is a beneficial method to save people’s lives, it could change over time to something that we cannot approve of.

JSilver said...

Stem cells aren't people in embryo's. It's ridiculous to say that an unborn anything is a human, that's an activist way of saying this is wrong. Studying the cells of something not alive to save something that is can only help life as we know it. The government should fund the research. One day, that could very well be what save's us in the end. If laws were springing up to regulate stem cell research it might cause problems in the research. So, no laws should be made as it will only prevent the full potential of the research.

AndreaL said...

1. I do not think that embryonic cells represent human life. They are simply a clump of cells that would not suffer any if we studied them. I am ok with the use of all stem cells. I believe that if some cells can help save an actual human life or cure a disease, then they should be used to their full potential.

2. I think that the government should fund scientific research, but only if the economy is in a state where that would be beneficial. The government should not be spending billions of dollars for stem cell research when there are other constructive ways that money could be spent. The researchers would, of course, be able to fund their own projects as well. I do not think that there should be laws put in place, because the information from this research could set humanity on a good track for curing diseases.

Kara said...

In my opinion, embryonic stem cells do not represent human life. Although this cell has the ability to become a human, it is not fully developed yet. This cell can be used to help people that are living and that really need the help. In the video we watched in lab, Christopher Reeves said he has to sit in a wheelchair for 7 years, this is heartbreaking. I think that these cells should be used to help cure people like him and give them a second chance at life. I think that it is ok to research stem cells and finding a cure for things like paralysis and kidney failure. However, I think that if the research became a proven theory that works on humans to rebuild immune systems, tissues and bone, this method can only be used on special cases. I think if the whole society got a hold of this technology we would have people using it for silly things, not for life changing illnesses. I think it would be ridiculous for the government not to provide funding for embryonic cell research, these cells can form to be anything and heal anything. I do think there should be some regulations along with stem cell research, the embryonic cells cannot just keep getting killed and killed for research because then, embryos really are being killed for no reason. This research needs to stay within reason and once a solution is reached, the government and scientists need to decide who is most deserving of the treatment.

Dana M. said...

I don't think that embryonic cells represent human life. The embryonic cell does not feel anything and it doesn't think for itself. I think that if these cells can help save a life or cure a disease, then these cells should be used. I think that the government should fund stem cell research to some extent. There are many forms of science that need to be funded, stem cell research being one of them. However, I don't think that there should be laws to regulate stem cell research. If there are laws, science probably couldn't make as big of discoveries and advances as they could if there weren't laws.

EmmaJ said...

In my personal opinion, embryonic stem cells do not represent human life. The embryo is barely formed, and the stem cells are taken and isolated at a very early time in the embryo's "life". The embryo is just a clump of cells at that specific time, and no pain or suffering can occur to it at that time. I do see the legal and moral complications that stem cell research can create, but i think the benefits far outweigh the negatives. The fact that these stem cells can greatly change and save lives, is huge. I'm all for it, if it gives people in need a second chance.

I personally think the government funding stem cell research would be beneficial. Although it would create major controversy and disagreements, I think it would be worth it in the long run. Any way possible to save lives, I think should be done. Also, I do think if the government chooses to fund stem cell research, they should be able to limit and supervise the research, to keep it from getting out of hand.

Josiet said...

I think that embryonic cells in some cases represent human life but in most it doesn't because it is in just the early stages of creation. I think that it is okay to use them because it will help develop more technology around the world and with the government through research. I think the government should found the research because the more money that is put into it, the safer it can be, also it can save a lot of lives. Laws to regulate the stem cells should go as far and safely as they can go without crossing ethical boundaries.

Anthony L said...

In my opinion, embryonic stem cells do represent human life. But I am fine with them being used to study and cure diseases because we have 7 billion people on this planet, so using an embryo for stem cells will be doing the planet a favor. As a race right now, we will continue living on, so reproduction for survival is not needed. But since we continue to reproduce, we can use the embryo to make the life longer for the people that are older or sick. So I am fine with the use of stem cells for whatever productive cause.

Anthony L, Period 3

markw345 said...

In my opinion, embryonic stem cells do not represent human life and because I believe this I think that we should use all of our resources that we can to develope this and in turn save millions of lives and repair lives that have fallen apart from injuries. I am not ok with using this method to reproduce. We are at no time in the future going extinct so we should save that only to save the population. I think the government should fund this because of all the good that will come out of it.

Brianab said...

Stem Cells, Question 1: I don't believe that embryotic stem cells are the same as people because you are just copying something that is already made, just starting it's personality from scratch. I think the emryo should be primarily used to cure diseases and injuries, it shouldn't bring things back from the dead.
2. I think the government should provide funding for embryotic stem cell research, when it has to do with curing illness. If we are finding new ways to cure illness we should try them out. There should be laws regulating the stem cell projects, because I don't there are certain boundries that shouldn't be crossed. Like cloning a whole human.

linusl said...

I do believe that embryonic cells represent life. I think that using embryonic stem cell research is wrong. A embryo is a life that is forming to become human. I believe that every life on earth is here for a reason and we should not take it away.I believe that we could find other ways to cure diseases and save lives. We just have to keep researching to find a different solution to cure these problems.

AllyB said...

There is a whole world of options for ill people when we open our eyes and minds. In my opinion there are other ways (still using stem cells)to heal people. An embryo is a forming life, just at the brink of survival, they deserve a chance to survive. There is another case of firtility banks utilizing embryos that would have been thrown away, and donating them to research. On the other hand I believe in cases (like above stated) that use of embryos that may be discarded is perfectly reasonable, they may have no possibility of life for them but atleast they made an impact for someone. Laws should be placed to make sure there is no conflict with (embryonic) stem cell research.

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kirstenT737 said...

I don’t think that embryonic cells have developed enough to be considered an actual human life. In my opinion I don’t see the big issues on using the embryonic cells, that’s all they are and will be, the line for me is drawn when we began using unborn humans to experiment for our own selfish being. I think the government should fund this because it will allow our world to become more technologically advanced. Discovering and testing out new things, will allow are world to become more knowledgeable and discover new things we have not know about before. Taking a risk in life is sometimes what we all most come to, I don’t think there should be a law against it. As long as we are just experimenting with theses embryonic cells and not human lives then what can it hurt? They only thing that it will do is educate us more about things we didn’t know prior to this, and also helping us to learn from our mistakes. I believe this can only benefit us even if it is not the cheapest thing out there.

Missy said...

I do believe that Stem do represents life because they are the beginning cells of a gamete. they also help saves lives. they can help with things such cancer and other diseases. I also believe that the government should provide funding for research in order to save lives effect by cancer

MeganC said...

I agree that stem cell research is an issue that troubles most. I think that stem cell research is a good thing because people with medical issues like muscular dystophy people need the stem cells so the can walk again or spend time with there families.

Emily Case said...

Personally I think that embryonic stem cells are not considered human life. They have not been part of life long enough. If we needed them to live then doctors would not cut them off. I am okay with the use of them in some and not in others because the blood inside of them has helped a lot. The thought that babies are helping to save lives when they just come alive in the world is kind of mind boggling. The government might want to put some regulations on what embryonic stem cells so that people don’t start doing what ever they possibility can with them.

AustinB2015 said...

I do not believe that embryonic cells do not represent human life. Embryonic cells are the beginning of life; they turn onto specific cells after receiving a signal to turn genes on. I am ok with the use of stem cell if they are vital for someone to live. People with disabilities like muscular dystrophy need stem cell to grow back their lost muscle tissue. There should be laws that only allow patients who need stem cells to live to be able to receive stem cell therapies.

GriffinH said...

I can see a valid argument for both sides on this controversail issue. However I believe stem cell research should be used. I don't really think that the embrio is a form of life, but does have the potential to develop into a human, no one can argue that fact. It is basically a ball of cells waiting to develop into life. The use of stem cells are much more humane than abortion, that is actually taking a life. Using stem cells is only using cells that later on develop into a baby. Because of this I believe that the government should support funding for stem cell research. We are always hearing about sicknesses or diseases or injuries doctors are trying to cure. The use of stem cells is a very effictive way to cure people, so the government should support it for the betterment of its people.

Sheridan said...

Embryonic stem cells don't just represent life; they are life. Even though they are not fully mature creatures they still have the potential to grow and thrive and eventually turn into intelligent beings. Taking the stem cells would kill the embryo and we would never know what that creature could have been and/or done. I think taking them stem cells from any living thing would be wrong.

The government, I think, should not provide funding for research but if there is already money raised people should be able to do what they like. Any law against stem cell research would be a little intense, but it should still be frowned upon.

AddysonH938 said...

1. In my opinion i think that embryonic stem cells are not living. I think this because they are not fully developed and and are not made from an egg and a sperm just an egg and cells from someone's body.By this I mean that the egg not actually being fertilized by an actual sperm it is just made to think it is to make more cells. The use of stem cells to me is an ok procedure. To me this is ok because the use of stem cells can change someones life from a life and death situation to a life changing situation.

2. I think the government should provide funding for embryonic stem cell research. I think this because the use of stem cells could change modern science. It could make it so we wouldn't need organ transplant lists that go on forever because you can get an organ made completely by your cells and would not need to take the risk of it being rejected by your body. However there should be laws that regulate this research such as it should only be used for the use of medical purposes.

AddysonH938 said...

1. In my opinion i think that embryonic stem cells are not living. I think this because they are not fully developed and and are not made from an egg and a sperm just an egg and cells from someone's body.By this I mean that the egg not actually being fertilized by an actual sperm it is just made to think it is to make more cells. The use of stem cells to me is an ok procedure. To me this is ok because the use of stem cells can change someones life from a life and death situation to a life changing situation.

2. I think the government should provide funding for embryonic stem cell research. I think this because the use of stem cells could change modern science. It could make it so we wouldn't need organ transplant lists that go on forever because you can get an organ made completely by your cells and would not need to take the risk of it being rejected by your body. However there should be laws that regulate this research such as it should only be used for the use of medical purposes.

Elise said...

I think embryonic stem cells represent human life once they start to look like a human, if the embryo is still just a cluster of cells it is not a human yet. I personally am ok with the use of some stem cells and not others beause stem cells could save your life or the life of someone you care about.
I think the government should provide funding for embryonic research only for medical purposes. I think there should be laws against cloning from stem cells unless the cloning is of something like a liver or a heart or any other organ, it should not be used to try to clone a human like we have done with pigs.

Alexis Traylor said...

-I personally believe that stem cell research has more pros then cons. It can essentially give someone who is paralyzed their life back. I don't think that they are necessarily killing life, but i guess you could look at it like this...A life is sacrificed so another one can live.
-I think that government should have funding for stem cell research because I think this is very important for patients that have been waiting for stem cells to make them for example, walk again. But, I think that this should only be used for medical research that helps people. People would not have to die from waiting for someone else to die so that they can get their organ. Stem cell research his much more efficient

emilyr802@lpsk12.org said...

I believe that embryonic stem cells do not represent human life. Although they have the potential to develope into human form, they are not considered a life form because they have yet to develope a brain, heart, etc. According to an article provided by a Utah university genetics study, the government has declared the use of "leftover" embyros to be used for stem cell research. I aggree with the government because this would somewhat settle controvery regarding ethical questions and concerns. In the future I believe the use of embryonic stem cells would be beneficial to society and help cure diseases and organ failures for those in need.

Annie said...

I see no problem with using stem cells, because if the embryonic cells have not yet developed, then they technically are not a human life and this research and therapy can save so many lives that I think all types of stem cell research is justified.
The government funds a lot of scientific research so I don't see a problem with funding stem cell research especially taking into account the number of lives it could save.

mrenda said...

1. In my opinion i think that embryonic stem cells don't represent human life. I think this because they are not fully developed and and are not made from an egg and a sperm. But I also think it shouldn't be open to everyone. I think the only way it is okay if its a life or death situation for some people.

2. I think the government should provide funding for embryonic stem cell research. I think this because its a life or death situation for some people. Like I said before, it shouldn't be for everyone but if its for a real serious reason then yes it should.

Scott DeVoss said...

In my opinion i think the use of embryonic stem cells is not ok. it is just not natural and it doesnt show a true organism. There is research on it and i think that can be good to investigate more and more but it is a werid way to have it.

ClaireD said...

I don't think that embryonic cells represent human life. The embryonic cell does not feel or think like humans do. I think that if these cells can help save a life or cure a disease then these cells should be used. The government should fund stem cell research. I don't think that there should be laws to stem cell research. If laws were in place then science couldn't make as big discoveries and advances as they could if there were not laws.

RachaelB2015 said...

I don't believe that embryonic stem cells represent human life because they are not capable of doing what humans can do. I believe that it is ok to use these to save the lives of other people who need them to live. I think the government should fund embryonic stem cell research just as they fund for cancer research and other diseases. I don't think that stem cell research is big enough to need laws at the moment and that if it does grow that it might need them in the future.

Katie R said...

I do not belive that embryonic stem cells are a human life. I believe that until an embryo is capable of surviving on its own, then it is not a life. I believe that it is ok to use stem cells. I believe that we should try to first use adult stem cells and move onto embryonic stem cells if the first option fails. This is because embryonic stem cells can have the potential to be life, but if they are grown for the purpose of saving a living person, then I believe it is ok. I also believe that the government should provide funding for research because it may bring us one step closer to finding a cure for diseases such as cancer. I believe that there should be laws to regulate the research because if there are no regulations, then things could have the potential to get out of hand.

michaelamcleod:) said...

In my opinion, I do not think embryonic cells represent human life. The embryonic stem cell is often derived from an embryo no later than 7 days post fertilization. And due to the fact they are basically “left-overs” from transplants in some cases, before they are created they can be considered a clump of cells. They then will destroy the regular human embryo, so how can they be considered human when all they’ve done is destroyed the only human part left of the process? In my opinion, I think that these are not human whatsoever.

I also do believe that there should be funding for this, yet there should also be boundaries. However, doctors and scientists are excited about these because they can help with prevention and treatments of many diseases, I think that the research should be limited to helping only those diseases that are in need of being helped, not to address something that isn’t even an issue yet.

Unknown said...

Yes the embryonic stem cells are what represents the human life. Every part of the embryonic stem cell is used to help our body and help them grow. Some stem cells are ok others are not because of what they do to us or other things. Yes the government should fund the research for the steam cells, even if they think it is not worth it, it is because that research could save someone’s life. Yeah there should be some laws that can help regulate the stem cell research to help people out all the time so nobody dies because there was no research or no help.

LouisH2014 said...

1. I think embryonic cells do not represent life because multiple cells in our body die daily, and why can’t some of those cells simply be used to save an already living human life? Since Stem cells are cells with no determined use, and do not serve a purpose yet to any function of the body, I find nothing wrong with giving them a purpose and re-growing them for something that is much needed in a living person. Still the use of Stem cells is a barley-tested science in its early stages, and only hold potential to cure diseases such as cancer, and kidney failure.

2. However I do not think the government should fund stem cell research because right now the government has more important issues to deal with than fund an unproven, possibly impossible science. Not only that, this is something the government should not be involved in, that and the thought of having the government being apart of a possibly far superior race is frightening, just saying. So in conclusion I do not think the government should fund something as controversial as this.

Davidc said...

I don't believe that embryonic stem cells are representative of human life. they are just cells and have not taken on a function yet. We also shed thousands of dead cells as we grow. So a few would not be harming anything.i am okay with the use of all stem cells because they will one day lead to the cure of a major disease. I also believe that the government should fund this research because they have already have had multiple medical breakthroughs with the cells. I do believe there should be some laws regulating the research though. just to prevent harm or illegitimate practice.

RachelA said...

In my opinion the government should not fund stem cell research I think it is to much of a controversial topic to have government support. If not the majority is in agreement on something then they should not fund it and I don't think that the majority would agree with stem cell research

Russell said...

My personal opinion is that embryonic stem cells do not represent human life because the human in not yet born. I say I’m ok with the use of all stem cells because it’s a vital tool. The government should fund this because with this tool who knows what else we can unlock.

sam bahl said...

I think that embryonic stem cells could be useful, if they can repair our vital organs or even our brain it is crucial that we look into it and provide funds for experimentation. The funds would have to come from donations made by citizens though because the government will not with our economy spend money on something that isn't 100 percent proven.

Ryan M. said...

In my opinion a cluster of embryonic stem cells does not represent human life. At this stage, the embryo can’t feel, can’t use its brain and overall doesn’t really care whether it is killed or not. I feel that this embryonic group of cells doesn’t represent life, however, I can see how the other side of the argument would think so. They may say that this human-to-be has potential to do anything, maybe it will cure cancer or build the world’s first time machine, but using these cells might be the cure for cancer and the human that they save also has potential. This is why I think all kinds of stem cells can, and even should be used for scientific/healing purposes. I also think that the government should fund these types of research, if these cells could be the eventually cure for many life threatening disorders, they are defiantly worth the funding. While this stem cell research is necessary, there also need to be regulations because it involves removing essential body parts from a donor/embreyo. Some of these laws should include not allowing scientists to take stem cells from someone who doesn’t approve of taking these stem cells (or the parent of this donor). Overall, I think stem cell research is necessary, but does need a few regulations before it can be fully studied.

NoahT said...

I think stem cell reasearch is just and shjould be funded. It doesnt hurt any one or thing and could be very useful. It could help repair our organs and even our brains. It is very controversial but it is for the best.

FrankW said...

I do not believe these cells represent human life because they are cells deprived of the womb of a female and the exchange from a male. This research works for a much greater cause and should be funded although some people might find it wrong or immoral it works very well and does nothing but help and heal others, no down side or effect that can cause a problem down the road.

TomM2014 said...

Although stem cell research is a very contreversial and debatable topic, I have an unshakeable opinion on this topic. I believe that it DOES represent human life. I believe that the moment an embryo is formed it is a human life form. I think that it is totally immoral to take the stem cells from an embryo. One reason I feel so strongly is because I believe that from the moment of conception may it be in a petree dish or a womb that it has a soul and is a child of God developed or undeveloped. Another thing is that stem cells from adults have proven to be much more successful than those of undeveloped babies.
NO!!! I believe that our govornment should not fund embryonic stem cell research but rather fund adult stem cell research. Scientific studies have proven that adult stem cells are more successful! Why then would the government not get some sense and fund the more successful research? It makes no sense. We can kill people and not get much good research. Or take easy samples from adults and have more successful research!

Hannah B said...

1.) I think at the earliest stages, embryonic cells are not life. I don’t believe they are considered alive at that point so, I thing it is ok to use the stem cells produced by it. However, as time goes on, the embryonic cells begin to form into life. The cell is almost considered a human. At that point, I do not think it is ok to use the stem cells. To me, that is like killing the embryo.
2.) I do think the government should provide some money for this kind of research. I think it is another medical advance that could be greatly beneficial to the human race in the future. As for laws, I think they are needed, but only to a certain extent. Laws should just be in place to keep the research inline.

EmilyM said...

1. In my opinion stem cells do not represent human life. You can make the embryonic cell whatever you want it to be whether it is fully human or half-man half- pig. I am not ok with the use of stem cells no matter what condition. It goes against what human life is all about, it’s not about people being perfect or living the rich life, it’s the experiences you get while living.
2. The government should not provide funding for embryonic stem cell research; some people who are against it have to pay for it. I think that it is wrong that the government is basically speaking for the whole nation when they decide what they want to fund whether it makes 1 person mad or 5,000 people mad. There should be laws so that people who want to fund it can and the people who don’t won’t have to.

MadisonT2015 said...

1. I believe that embryonic stem cells do represent human life because an embryo is a group of stem cells that begin with a newly fertilized egg that then divides. If we let the embryo develop, it will become a baby. When embryonic stem cells are used, they are gone which means that a baby can't be produced. I also believe that stem cells shouldn't be used. When scientists modify stem cells, they are changing them so they are not made by nature. I don't think we should mess with nature because this can lead to bigger, unknown problems in the future.
2. I don't think that the government should provide funding for embryonic stem cell research. When people experiment with embryonic stem cells, a baby can't be born. I think that since an embryo will turn into a child, we should leave it be. However I don't believe that there should be laws regulating stem cell research. When laws are made to prohibit an action, people will want to find a way to make it happen and find out more.

aftonp608 said...

Embryonic stem cells aren’t developed enough to be considered life-like. Because they are just cells, they cannot feel and think nor do they posses any human-like feature. Stem cells are definitely okay, as long as they serve a good purpose to the human body.

The government plays a big role in research. Yes they should pitch in some for stem call research because they government cannot just give up on the subject and leave they scientists nothing to do. There should not be any laws regulating stem cell research because a child is not being born in the process and not an animal or human is in danger of injury.

Chuck said...

Stem cells would be very useful and could answer many questions or solve many problems we have. They have not developed enough to represent a human life form. I do believe that there comes more benefits to stem cell research than to just throw it under the bus. Stem cells can help save lives and cure cronic or terminal diseases.

The government should provide funding but there definitely have to be laws. Stem cells should be used ONLY for medical purposes and scientific research. People would have to be trained and certified to handle the embryos because we don't want any creepy Dr. Frankensteins doing anything insane.

trey schafer said...

One trype of stem sells are Embryonic stem (ES) cells another type is Somatic stem cells. I personally do not feel that embryonic cells represent a human life because there can be a mis carriage which would be the same as using the embryo for stem cells because the life has not lived out side of the human body there for it is not a life. There should be some laws with embryonic stem cell research not allowing them to uses full grown fetises  and to have a stoping limit on research with age.

EricaD said...

I think that embryonic stem cells can be useful in this case, if it can help repair our vital organs or maybe our brain it is important that we look into it and have funds for experiments. The funds should come from citizens though because the government will not help fund with our economy, to spend money on something that isn't 100 percent accurate.

Josh O. said...

I believe that embryonic cells does represent life and here's why. Embryonic cells represent life because gathering and testing embryonic stem cell research is not okay. Embryos start out by developing and forming into a human, so all the life on Earth has a purpose and should not be taken away. There are other ways to save lives of people instead of using stem cells. The government should provide not a lot of funding for the embryonic stem cell research because we want to stay the same not different in any way.

Chandler Pedersen said...

I do not think that embryonic stem cells represent human life, but I am ok with the use of some stem cells if it works for the better and create a change for the better that I am all for it. I think that if there could be a substancial amount of good that will come out of the funding than we should fund it and make no laws against it.