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Cons Of Stem Cell Research

Please give the cons of stem cell research. My daughter wants to support stem cell research and gave me the pros, but I want to give her the Biblical disadvantages of stem cell research.

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 ---mary on 4/12/07
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"Each of you possesses his own formation within his mother's womb, first as a drop of matter for forty days, then as a blood clot for forty days, then as a blob for forty days, and then the angel is sent to breathe life into him."

Either way, an embryo which is just days old and is destroyed after stem cells are removed would still not be considered destroying "actual life," and thus should be OK.
---Sheila on 1/10/08


Strm cell research is quickly moving away from fetus stem cell use, ending the debate.
---MikeM on 12/28/07


From what little I know on the subject, the stem cells come from aborted babies. In other words, babies who are killed by their mothers and the doctors who perform the dirty deed. I don't know what else could be more compelling to change her mind than that.
---betty8468 on 12/26/07


How about the reality of stem cell research - to date, all of the success stories arising from stem cells have come the use of adult stem cells which are ethically good. Most of the failures, and not one benefit, has arisen from embrionic stem cells.

The reason is simple. Mature stem cells are dormant and can be used where appropriate (to the type of cell) with fewer complications. But embryonic stems cells are not dormant, they have a program that they will follow.
---lorra8574 on 4/14/07


Part 2: It is not that embryonic stem cells can become ANY cell type, but rather that they will become every cell type because they are programmed to produce a human being, and if they are taken early enough, they are geared to every component. When used to treat Parkinsons, they developed into tumours, we can try to reprogram them, but until we know enough to be able to turn them off or completely rewrite their programming, they will always fail.
---lorra8574 on 4/14/07




Part 3. By the time we will be able to do what needs to be done to make embryonic stems cells work successfully for what we want them to do, we could have accomplished the same thing with adult stem cells without racking up a body count.

In the mean time, adult stem cells are being used to treat paralysis, diabetes and a many other conditions - with increased success and more prospects over time.
---lorra8574 on 4/14/07


**The media would have you believe that embryonic stem cells are mankind's only hope.**

Very true. The confusion between "stem cells" and "embryonic stem cells" is evident in the question that started this blog, and the popular media expoits it.
---Jack on 4/14/07


Here are some things to consider.
Embryonic stem cell research is being done now, just not with Federal Govt. money.
Ebryonic stem cells have not shown any promise in being able to cure anything to date.
However, treatment using ADULT stem cells which are taken harmlessly from one's own body has had tremendous success and shows great potential for various cures.
The media would have you believe that embryonic stem cells are mankind's only hope. There is an underlying agenda.
---ralph7477 on 4/14/07


Mary, you're wasting your time looking for Bible verses against stem cell research per se; there aren't any.

Betty, there are more sources of stem cells than human embryos. Stem cells can be found in amniotic fluid and umbilical cords of full term babies. There's a region of the nose, even adults, that is always producing them. Fatty tissue in adults can yield stem cells.
---Jack on 4/13/07


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