Stem Cell ResearchWhat are Stem cells?Stem Cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Studying stem cells will help us understand how they transform into the dazzling array of specialized cells that make us what we are. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to problems that occur somewhere in the process. A better understanding of normal cell development will allow us to understand and perhaps correct the errors that cause these medical conditions.
Embryonic stem cell research is a major controversial issue that is, in fact, "one of the most profound of our time" Technology seemingly never stops growing and changing. And why should it? Just as every human being changes with experience and age, so do our creations. Unfortunately, it is in our collective nature as humans to be afraid of change. Change inevitably raises moral questions within us, removing us from the simplistic routine of daily life and placing us in the uncomfortable realm of controversy. Such is the case with embryonic stem cell research.
Since stem cell research could possibly lead to other controversial issues regarding ethics and morals and whether or not people are "playing God", it should be federally funded and regulated. This will help assure that researchers are not stepping outside of their boundaries. It...