Stem Cell

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I chose to do my paper on stem cell research. I chose this topic because it is very controversial right now and I feel strongly about it. I want to present you with as much information as possible so you can make you own educated decision.

First of all what are stem cells? ?Stem cells are cells that 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 for as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each "daughter" 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.?(Stem Cell Research FAQs) You never hear stem cell with out it being followed by the word research.

Why? Because it is still a new field of medical research with very little being known about it. You the see the research is down on human embryos, the cells are extracted from fetuses that are the result of medical abortions. This is where the controversy comes in. People who disagree with stem-cell research find their reasoning for their rejection of the practice in a much higher place. They believe that experimenting with embryos is wrong and an affront to God. Any advances would not be worth the potential sin of conducting experiments on embryonic cells. Anti-abortion persons in turn also find stem cell research wrong and are strongly against. The people that are anti-stem cell research are very strong into their beliefs and have marches and demonstrations across the country and even in Washington, D.C. for the immediate...