Stem Cell Research

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September 25, 2007

In America, there is a true separation between science and religion that creates controversial opinions in relation to the progression of stem cell research. Stem cells are one of the most recent proposals for futuristic treatment of certain diseases within the medical field, but only one man is delaying research. In July of 2006, President Bush discussed his view on stem cell research. His choice of vocabulary, as well as the substance of his speech, expressed his preference of religious beliefs over the benefits of stem cell research in relation to the citizens he represents. In regard to benefits, stem cell research may lead to a crucial breakthrough in health care. Stem cells, being totipotent, can differentiate into many different tissues. This ability can possibly promise recovery from diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes. What stands in the way of the government funds is the origin of stem cells that President Bush's religious beliefs will not support-aborted embryos.

Clearly, the more important element concerning President Bush is not the benefits that come along with stem cell research, but is instead his devotion to his religion.

Before any human develops into its self-reliance state, it begins as a clump of cells. These cells being totipotent have the ability to develop into any kind of tissue (National Geographic Society NP). As the cells multiply, they become less totipotent (Scott 60). After four to five days, the cells are known as a blastocyst. Inside is the inner cell mass where stem cells are found. (National Geographic Society NP) These cells are pluripotent, meaning they can form into many different tissue types, but once they start to differentiate, the cells can't turn back and become something else. (Scott 61)

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