Counterpoint: The Promises and Pitfalls of Stem Cell Research

Clouthier, Kris
December 2017
Points of View: Stem Cell Research;12/31/2017, p6
This article presents an argument on the problems associated with stem cell research. Stem-cell research has much to offer in the way of treatments, or even cures, for devastating diseases and injuries. However, research using human embryonic stem cells--which can be acquired only by destroying a living, human embryo--must not be condoned, or paid for, by the United States government. Instead, federal funding should go to researching adult stem cells, which have already proved themselves useful in treating patients, and can be obtained without destroying lives. Many researchers believe adult stem cells may be as useful as embryonic stem cells. The practice of destroying one human life to possibly help another essentially says that some lives are more valuable than others. Creating life with the intent of destroying it devalues all of humanity.


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