Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Should There be Limits Placed on Embryonic Stem Cell Research?
With so many varied opinions regarding stem cell research – especially embryonic stem cell research – this topic can become extremely heated. I believe that so many misconceptions about the topic of embryonic stem cell research cause deceptive thinking and calloused judgments when only using very small pieces of information. Because of its nature, limitations are definitely a necessity; but where do we draw the line? In the next few paragraphs, I hope to uncover the pros and cons of embryonic stem cell research, and open the doors to both faith-based and secular ideas on the topic.
Stem cell research has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the mid-19th century. Early on, past researchers discovered that some cells could generate other cells; but this is where the knowledge ended. Today, researches know what it takes to save a life, and even cross the line at times – in the mind of some – in order to clone and create new beings.   During the 20th century, researchers explored new territory, administering adult stem cells to patients with leukemia or anemia. The ability for stem cells to repair damaged organs caused great excitement and growth in this field of study; curiosity for testing new parts quickly followed.
It wasn’t until the late 1990s that embryonic stem cell research became a hot topic; most research at this time was completed using cells from in vitro fertilization; it was at this time that ethical concerns arose. Excitement grew as researchers quickly discovered that embryonic stem cells grow extremely fast. Careful observation and conscientious scrutiny are absolutely necessary for each cell in order to differentiate them into specialized cells. Without this expert scrutiny, remaining embryonic cells can grow out of control, and form unwanted tumors. The question still hangs, “Where does human dignity begin and end?” Many believe embryonic stem cell research to be unregulated...