The Ethics Of Stem Cells Essay

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David Vetter, was born with a disease known as severe combined immune deficiency syndrome. His body did not have the ability to resist any germ or sickness. Most children do not survive form the minute they are born. David was isolated in a bubble literally. He lived in a plastic bubble with a room for a bed, toys, playroom and eating facilities. On the sides of the bubble were thick rubber gloves so his parents to reach him, never any skin to skin contact. He was never able to experience the affection from his parent that other children got to experience. He lived in a world of his own inside his bubble. He later got sick and past on when he was only twelve years old. Embryonic stem cell could have helped save him, they could have created pancreatic cells to help him defend himself against illness like normal humans. Embryonic cells are not looked greatly upon because they are thought to killing human embryos but they possibly could have saved young David’s life. The government should help fund embryonic stem cell research with donated embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics people could try and cure immune system diseases and many more, so the government could act in the society’s best interest.
Embryos used in embryonic stem cell research are never obtained from aborted fetuses. They are obtained from left over embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics. To get embryonic stem cells first and egg are harvested and fertilized with sperm in a glass petri dish. When the cell is fertilized it goes through three early stages of development cellular, tissue and organ development. During cellular development the cells divide but the cell does not grow at all. The ball of cells is called the morula. Next, the morula allows water to enter the ball of cells and forms a space called the blastocoel, this stage is called the formation of the blastocyst. “Embryonic stem cells are collected from the inner mass of five-day-old blastocysts” (Panno 19). When the embryonic stem cells are collected the ball of cells has not yet been through tissue or organ development and none of the cell have differentiated yet. Cells that are undifferentiated are called stem cells. “Embryos do not survive the harvesting of stem cells; indeed, the stem cells are the embryos” (Panno 74). When the embryonic stem cells are taken from the ball of cells the ball of cells has no organ development because it has not yet gone through cellular differentiation. Embryonic stem cells are pure stem cells uncommitted to any body lineage they may be greatly improve the availability of diverse cell types urgently needed in medicine.
Embryonic stem cell are easier to obtain and easier to use. They are easy to obtain because human embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics are plentiful. There are over 400,000 embryos stored in the United States from in vitro fertilization. Embryonic stem cells are unspecialized and are able to self-renew without...

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