An Ethical dilemma/ Stem Cell and Cloning

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An Ethical Dilemma: Cloning/ Stem cell Research

What is stem cell research and cloning?

If you were to sit down and reminisce upon your childhood memories, I am almost 100% sure that clay would be running around in circles in your head because as a child you ran around in circles with clay thrilled about your new handmade creation. Nevertheless, clay would be prominent upon your childhood memories because no matter what your economical status was you were able to shape it using your God-given creativity and make it into whatever your heart desired. In addition, there was no limit to the amount of creations you could make because clay was inexhaustible and never-ending. The "clay" if you will of modern day scientists is found in stem cells and cloning.

In the midst of extraordinary advances in the preclusion, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases, devastating illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease, continue to divest people of health, independence, and well-being.

Research in human developmental biology has led to the discovery of human stem cells (precursor cells that can give rise to multiple tissue types), including embryonic stem (ES) cells, embryonic germ (EG) cells, fetal stem cells, and adult 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 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...