Amie - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
For or against it?
I think it's beneficial. Canada and Britain are already doing it.(So is California for the Americans in here) I'm sure other countries are as well I just didn't look farther than these 3. lol.
The term was coined in 1908 by a Russian scientist who had found a certain type of cell. (he used stem cells to denote the existence of haematopoietic stem cells) Stem cell research as we know it began in the 1960's when two Canadian scientists found them in mice bone marrow. Kind of neat it's been around so long but only been really controversial the last decade or so isn't it?
If it is governed properly with strict guidelines I have no issue with it. I just went over the guidelines again for Canada's stem cell research. No where in any of it does it mention aborted fetuses. (In fact from what I can tell no one uses aborted fetuses in stem cell research. It's just more fear mongering.) They are only allowed to use left over embryo's from fertility clinics with the parents consent. Even then the embryo's could be no more than 14 days old. Then when they actually get around to using them the consent must be given again by the donors just in case they changed their minds. In Britain is the first in the world to be allowed to create hybrid embryos. They are close to 99.9% human.
Stem cell research is important because those cells can be thought of as being blank. They have the ability to form into any kind of cell that is needed. (skin, bone, organs, etc.) They have the ability to help in a lot of ways from repairing tissues to treating diseases.