Adult vs. Embryonic Stem Cells
One of the most public medical issues facing this country is the use of stem cells for research and disease prevention and cure. When most Americans hear stem cells, they believe that stem cells only occur in embryos. The debate then rages concerning the use of embryos; is it wrong to end what some consider life, is it right to create embryos just to test and harvest stem cells, is harvesting stem cells from embryos really abortion? What many people do not know is that there are two types of stem cells: adult and embryonic. Should adult stem cells be used instead of embryonic ones? This is both a scientific and a political question. Focus your paper on this question, not on whether it is moral to use embryonic stem cells.
The Washington Post, 19 Aug 2004
Stem Cell Basics NIH
The DNA Learning Center
Americans for Research Ethics
New Scientist, 23 Jan 2002
National Review 23 Apr 2002
The Center for Bioethics and Human
Stem Cell Research Foundation
The American Physiological Society
The International Society for Stem Cell Research
Please beware as some of these links may contain rhetoric and information provided in a way to encourage you to take a side. Please consider all the information that is available and also do your own research. These links should only serve to guide you, you will have to make your own decisions and assumptions from the information available.