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Stem Cell Research

  1. I am in favor

    26 vote(s)
    89.7%
  2. I am not

    3 vote(s)
    10.3%
  1. Oct 24, 2005 #1

    Mk

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    What do you think?

    [edit:are you in favor of embryonic cell research or not?]
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2005
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  3. Oct 24, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    About what
     
  4. Oct 24, 2005 #3
    I just gave a presentation on this three days ago!

    I say good!
     
  5. Oct 24, 2005 #4

    Mk

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    wtf i JUST posted it how did you vote!

    YOu voted BEFORE ME too!
     
  6. Oct 24, 2005 #5
    nope, cant kil a human in hope that something else will get better.
     
  7. Oct 24, 2005 #6

    Gokul43201

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    Cosmo, could you explain that better ?
     
  8. Oct 24, 2005 #7
    Generally, the embryo's used were going to go to waste anyway(I think), so it's that or nothing. Plus, all federally funded embryonic stem cell research uses stemm cells from stem cell lines with the original group of embryonic stem cells from pre 2001. Bassically, before 2001, if a lab took some stem cells from an embryo, they could divide the stem cells as they pleased, and now the funded research strictly uses these replicated cells, therefore not "killing" any more embryos.

    Second of all, an embryo is just a ball of cells, no brain, no heart, no organs whatsoever!


    Third, what about Adult Stem Cells?
     
  9. Oct 24, 2005 #8

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    Stem cell research can do so much, we need it. It's not killing a person. Do you have any idea how many fertilized embryos are destroyed by fertility clinics if the "owners" decide they no longer need them?
     
  10. Oct 24, 2005 #9

    Moonbear

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    There are already multiple threads in biology on this topic.
     
  11. Oct 24, 2005 #10

    loseyourname

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    You should be more specific with your question: I suspect you are asking only whether or not we support the use of embryonic stem cells in research.
     
  12. Oct 24, 2005 #11

    Mk

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    I don't have a question, I was just intending this thread to be a discussion on morals, cultures, relation to religion, what PF users think, etc.

    I realize that I left it so open ended that readers were confused where to go with it.

    Most of you seem to think that an embryo at the stage that its stem cells are to be taken out, is not alive yet therefore you are not killing it. Correct?

    What about adult stem cells? How usable are these? How quickly are systems to isolate them developing? I read a few months ago some researchers developed a blood filtering system.
     
  13. Oct 24, 2005 #12

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    I meant the question for the poll. The answers will likely change depending on whether you are asking about embyronic stem cell research or non-embryonic stem cell research, the latter of which I cannot imagine any reason for a person to be against. Then again, for that reason, I also think it is clear that you are asking about embryonic stem-cell research. I'm just trying to make sure.
     
  14. Oct 24, 2005 #13

    Mk

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    What was in your presentation?
     
  15. Oct 24, 2005 #14
    I think we should definitely go through with stem cell research.
     
  16. Oct 24, 2005 #15

    Moonbear

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    In today's news and relevant to this thread:
    http://apnews.excite.com/article/20051021/D8DCNN9G0.html
     
  17. Oct 24, 2005 #16
    As long as the extraction isn't killing or has a chance of harming the embryo, I'm okay with it. Killing a baby to save an old man is wrong, plain and simple.
     
  18. Oct 24, 2005 #17
    This, coming from a guy who lives in McDonalds.
     
  19. Oct 24, 2005 #18
    Heh, funny thing, I don't even like McDonalds.
     
  20. Oct 24, 2005 #19
    And what if the embryo will be dying anyway? I don't think embryonic stem cell research includes the developement of embryos specifically for research purposes. They just use ones that will be "thrown out" or what ever they do with them if they aren't utilized in some fashion. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  21. Oct 24, 2005 #20

    Moonbear

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    You're correct. Even when embryos are the source of the cells, they are ones discarded anyway. Though, I suppose all those extras generated by the fertility clinics can just continue to be stored frozen for all eternity...or at least until someone forgets to pay the electric bill. :uhh:
     
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