My personal opinion on stem cell research is that the potential benefits of this new technology far outweigh any of the possible dangers it presents. From helping cure AlzheimerĂs to ParkinsonĂs disease, helping grow organ replacements, and potentially aiding the paralyzed to walk and use their arms again; the use of pluripotent embryonic stem cells offers the potential to save millions of lives and improve the life conditions of even more people who are physically disabled. While there are some dangers involved, it is unlikely to think that the U.S. government or any other would allow its researchers to create some kind of baby farms like in George OrwellĂs 1984 without imposing limits and restrictions on such research.
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In addition, those who opposed to the use of fetal tissue for pluripotent stem cells are primarily opposed to it on religious or ethical grounds. Religion has failed to withstand closer scrutiny in the modern age, from Islamic fundamentalism raising a breed of suicide bombers and the Catholic Church in disgrace over convictions against numerous priests for pedophilic acts. As such, MillĂs theory of utility might argue that stem cell research benefits the greatest number of people with the least amount of cost than using religion as a moral cloak to stop it when those cloaked in such robes are often immoral and corrupt. The issue will not be resolved soon because of its complexity, but I am in fully agreement with using embryonic stem cell technology.
In Asia and the U.K. stem cell research proceeds at a more rapid pace than in the U.S. where BushĂs restrictions have ca