Obama and Stem Cell Research

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Omai
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Obama and Stem Cell Research

Will the new administration change the national funding picture in stem cell research? The Obama administration may move to immediately make available federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a move in the right direction.
Here is a link to a bioethics blog that talks about this and other topics:

http://blog.bioethics.net/2008/11/caplan-on-change-coming-for-stem-cells/

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Dominiquest
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The question about bioethics

The question about bioethics is something really big here in India... The fact that we are sacrificing a life without its prior permission for the sake of a few cells simply can not be digested by me... When a person is suffering without an organ, we are trying to take it from another individual, not realising the fact that we are killing that person to make the other feel better... Then we cover it all up by saying that the embryo can not feel anything and that it is not a life until it is born... Instead we can take our own omnipotent bone marrow cells and conduct research on those... Then you would have permission from the donor and you don't have any ethical problems to face apart from "creating a new life"...

Omai
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I agree that induced

I agree that induced pluripotency (such as from a skin cell) is an exciting field of stem cell research. The potential to make an immunologically specific organ from an adult donor cell is a revolutionary idea.

That being said, I also believe all avenues of stem cell research should be explored. Research on all different types of stem cells is in much to early a stage to predict which avenue will be most fruitful.
None of the embryos used for embryonic stem cells were specifically created for research purposes. That would be illegal and immoral. These embryos are created in a fertility clinic and are deemed unusable. They will be discarded. Why not use that discarded embryo for potentially life saving research?

This is one of the more controversial topics in all of bioethics. I'm very interested in the response from the scientific community.

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Dominiquest
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That does make some sense...

That does make some sense... So in this case you are at least saving part of that life by taking the cells and growing them instead of discarding those embryos... The reason I'm very moved by this topic is because I worked with an organization that spread awareness about the detailed ethical aspects of abortion, cloning, etc... I've seen things I sometimes pray I should have never seen in my lifetime because now at times the images keep me up at night...