Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Lets Debate- Embryonic Stem Cells

“But if the blastocysts (earliest stage of embryonic development) had the end outcome of being destroyed, why not use them to cure undermining health conditions?” 


Continuing on from the last blog post, to answer this question, we have to look at the pros like the health cures to diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s but also the cons such as the ethics on destroying the life of a possible human being and the effects of this kind of research on religious beliefs.

Measuring one life against another is always a hard decision but it’s like donating your kidney or donating the heart of a loved one to someone who needs a heart transplant, the end result is the blossoming of another life because of a simple human decision. In the case of Embryonic Stem Cells it is whether it is ethical to study the embryo that was from an aborted pregnancy/ wasteful IVF or study only Adult Stem Cells that have much less potential.

The Benefits 

The many positives that come with stem cell research include curing medical conditions and diseases such as:

If you look through these links you will see that most of them do not have cures yet.

A Scientist’s View

Looking at the possibility of curing so many diseases that cause huge problems to people every day can be very motivating to scientists who want to make a breakthrough. Imagine having to inform a patient that the cure for the disease they have hasn’t been found or the research for the disease is not being funded because of ethical reasons. Distinguishing from what is right and wrong is hard in scenarios like this as you have to choose b
etween the life of someone who could possibly live and the life of someone who is already alive and fighting to live.

395532ba.eps.0The little cartoon on the left is of two embryos that are to be frozen in liquid nitrogen as donations to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) but if unused they are thrown away unless the donator specified they want it to be used in science research. Giving these embryos to research means a vast improvement in future science findings but also the chance to save a life of someone who is
diagnosed with incurable diseases.



Therefore the donation of an embryo that could have the inevitable dispose of it in to a waste bin after lack of use in IVF or the eventual eradication due to the methods of abortion could provide an extraordinary response to the field of Stem Cell Research and the all around benefits it brings to society, science and health improvement.

In the next blog post we will look at the views from the religious angle which is one of the major opposing views of the topic and also my personal opinion on the topic but in the meantime, take a look at this video by TED speaker Susan Solomon to help you understand more on the point of view of a scientist.

Find out the opposing arguments and my opinion in the next post- Lets Debate Part 2- Embryonic Stem Cells








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