TITLE

UNDERSTANDING THE STEM CELL DEBATE

PUB. DATE
November 2005
SOURCE
Australian Family;Nov/Dec2005 Supplement, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on stem cell research. The issues of cloning in general and stem cell research in particular have widely swamped the media. Stem cell research seems to be a never ceasing debate, because of new developments in biotechnology, and the socio-ethical debate attached to it. It is claimed that great benefits are promised in the area of stem cell research. Its proponents claim that such experimentation may eventually treat ailments like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, heart disease and cancer. Besides, it is hoped that the new cells may be guided to act as replacements for damaged tissue. The question as to which method of obtaining stem cells should be used--embryonic or adult sources--is at the heart of this debate. Ethical advocates discard research on embryonic stem cells (ESC) as unnecessary, unethical and undesirable. They argue that one must not be confused and sidetracked by emotive arguments about future potential health benefits of ESCs. There is actual success with embryonic stem cells embryonic stem cells, which involve no ethical dilemmas.
ACCESSION #
19734014

 

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