Throughout my entire research process I have tried to be as unbiased as possible, researching both sides of the binary issue of stem cell research. I have provided information about the pros and cons and general facts concerning embryonic stem cell research; however it is difficult to completely put all personal bias aside when presenting such information on a controversial topic. I am personally in favor of embryonic stem cell research as a whole, and feel even though presenting both arguments, I have found that I have argued more for the supporters. I believe that an embryo is not considered human until it has successfully attached to a woman’s uterus. This being said I don’t think using embryonic stem cells before this occurs is killing human life. Many eggs become fertilized, but do not successfully implant into a woman’s uterus to develop into a child. I believe it is ethical to use excess embryos from in vetro fertilization treatments that would otherwise be discarded. I also believe using embryonic stem cells is more of an advantage than using adult human stem cells. Embryonic stem cells offer researchers more of an opportunity to manipulate the cell into any other type of cell to work with.
I have found federal funding to be a big issue concerning the advancement of stem cell research. Like I have previously stated, the upcoming 2008 election will impact the federal funding debate. I think if a democrat is elected, federal funding will be made available for research. This will increase the rate at which scientists will be able to research since they will be able to obtain the needed material and equipment using the money provided.
Through my research I have found that stem cell research is advancing at a rapid pace, and even though there is yet to be a cure found, we are on the right track to do so in the near future. Since testing on animals is already proven itself successful, as shown with the works of Oliver Smithies, the UNC professor who just recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, testing and achievement with humans is the next advancement to occur. Within the next couple of decades I believe all of the scientists’ research will have led to cures in diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, along with successful cell transplants. All testing and research is worth the time, effort and money for searching for cures to help the human race.