When it comes to the topic of Stem cell research, the topic of ethics is greatly discussed. Although not all of stem cell research is controversial, ethics are always questioned.

When most people hear “stem cells” they often have thoughts of fetuses and abortions, and certain aspects the conservative community doesn't approve of. But more often than not, most stem cell research is done in a lab with in vitro stem cells, also known as man made stem cells. This sort of confusion between the two brings forth plenty of malice for the broad topic of stem cell research.

The majority of controversy comes from the idea of “Life”, in this case fetuses, being manipulated and discarded after use. A large amount of the backlash comes from religious views, as well as political views about maintaining life, what many of these organization are somewhat unaware of are the benefits that stem cells are capable of. These originations view the discarding of embryos and fetuses as type of denial of life, which is clearly understandable, but with discarding these life forms comes insight to the numerous possibilities that could one day be in our grasp.

There are many other countries where stem cell research is publicly funded and agreed upon, and where success is often obtained. So while most countries agree that the use of stem cells could one day be a very important to the field of science, that is one place where the United States falls short upon, not that there are no ethics in other countries but that other countries view certain scientific achievements as a way to better the world. The United States falls behind on many issues like these, and stem cell use falls in the crosshairs of this long ethical debate, of life or science.


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