Embryotic Stem Cells Research

Embryotic Stem Cell Research
There is controversy surrounding the use of embryotic stem cell research in the treatment of serious, deadly, and dilapidating diseases. With the use of stem cell research we have been able to find treatments for HIV and cancers along with the use of chemotherapy and many other treatments and medications. Although a cure for diseases would be great, how far will scientists be willing to go? (1)
Embryotic stem cells are developed from a female egg that has been fertilized by semen. This process takes 4-5 days. Embryotic stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the potential to develop into any of the 220 different cells types that make up the human body. Stem cells are “Cells with the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and to give rise to specialized cells”. (6/7) “A three to five day embryo is called a blastocyst (A preimplantation embryo of about 150 cells produced by cell division following fertilization. The blastocyst is a sphere made up of an outer layer of cells (the trophoblast), a fluid-filled cavity (the blastocoel), and a cluster of cells on the interior (the inner cell mass). Given the unique regenerative abilities, these cells offer new potentials when treating diseases.” (6)
Scientist have been able to open eleven new NIH approved human Embryonic Stem cell lines. NIH is the Nation’s Medical Research Agency; “this agency supports scientific studies that turn discovery into health.” (1) To help them get the new lines created was the use of In vitro fertilization embryos that were donated by families that no longer had a need for the embryo’s or those that did not meet the requirements for in vitro fertilization.   Before implanting the embryos into the woman’s uterus they are looked at very closely to check for abnormalities. After they have been looked at the Doctors take the best three or four eggs and implant them to help increase the chances of pregnancy. If this does not work...