HELP! stem cell research!?
I had a paper assigned today about stem cell research and i have almost NO idea what that even is! worst part? its due tomorrow! i need help, BADLY!
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Pro-Life advocates (like Catholics) believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.
For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
• The end never justifies the means
• A moral good can never come from a moral evil
Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:
Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.
Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
• Umbilical cords
• The placenta
• Amniotic fluid
• Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death
Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.
Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
• Against Embryonic stem cells
• For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
• For Umbilical cord stem cells
• For Adult stem cells
Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise
Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.
Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf
Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
• Cancers (multiple types)
• Child Leukemias
• Cornea Regeneration
• Crohn´s Disease
• Diabetes, Type I
• Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
• Krabbe Leukodystrophy
• Liver Cirrhosis
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson´s Disease
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
• Sickle Cell Anemia
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Systemic Vasculitis
• and more
For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cf...
With love in Christ.
- 1 decade ago
From what I understand, stem cells are cells that have not yet become a specific type of cell, but have the potential to become other types of cells, thus they can be used to cure people hopefully, by producing the type of tissue desired.
I would suggest trying to do research on the people who have been cured by adult stem cells
"Embryonic stem cells have not yet been used for even one therapy, while adult stem cells have already been successfully used in numerous patients, including for cardiac infarction (death of some of the heart tissue)."
Look up the references at the bottom of the wiki article, wiki may not be an acceptable source to all teachers, but this wiki article references more than 50 sources some of which may be considered acceptable.Source(s): Look up the references at the bottom of the wiki article, wiki may not be an acceptable source to all teachers, but this wiki article references more than 50 sources some of which may be considered acceptable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_stem_cell
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