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    Stem Cell Research
    Write two paragraphs or less which describe your current position on stem cell research. In your paper discuss why you hold that view. Describe the circumstances, if any, under which you might reconsider your position.
    Conduct your own search on President Obama's views of stem cell research.
    Write a one-page paper, which evaluates President Obama's position on stem cell research as set forth in your research. In your paper, describe what concerns the President is attempting to address on both sides of this issue. Discuss how well you believe the President's position addresses those concerns

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    You can talk about stem cells in a number of ways.
    1. adult stem cells
    2. induced embryonic stem cells
    3. embryonic stem cells.

    Points one and two are not very controversial. Adult stem cells are cells that have the ability to become a limited number of other types of cells. Examples of these are bone marrow stem cells and stem cells of the skin. In bone marrow stems cells will become red blood cells, or immune cells. Induced embryonic stem cells involved taking cells of skin or hair and forcing these cells to become embryonic stem cells. They are not controversial because you don't have to destroy an embryo. Additionally, scientists like this because you do not have to rely on another source of embryonic stem cells. Scientists can make their own for cells easily accessible. Embryonic stem cells are the most controversial.
    Embryonic stem cells are cells of an early developing embryo. They retain the ability to become all the different cells types of the body. Scientists are excited about these cells because if we can understand the different factors that direct the development of future cell types, then we can develop organs, and cells specific to individual people.

    President Obama's views of stem cell research is that the potential benefits of the research out way the moral opposition of some. He believes that people that are in opposition to stem cell research have a moral and reasonable concern. He believes that strict guidelines regulating the research will ease their concerns. He believes the improvement to the quality of life of those suffering from diseases processes will benefit from the research. President Obama position relates only to embryonic stem cells. There are not ethical problems with adult stem cells and induced embryonic stem cells. President Bush limited access to scientists that were using embryonic stem cells, such that anyone receiving money from the government were not allowed to use the money for embryonic stem cell research. President Obama changed that when he lifted the ban on embryonic stem cell research. However President Obama believes that if we limit scientists to only adult and induced embryonic stem cells, then we limit the progress in finding solutions to life most different diseases. Here are some sources to read more about President Obama's position on embryonic stem cell research.

    http://stemcells.nih.gov/policy/2009guidelines.htm
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-of-the-President-As-Prepared-for-Delivery-Signing-of-Stem-Cell-Executive-Order-and-Scientific-Integrity-Presidential-Memorandum

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