Stem Cell Research Persuasive Essay

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Stem Cell research is one of the most intense political battles that America has encountered. Stem cells are a type of undifferentiated cell, meaning that they do not have a determined duty in the body. The two major types of stem cells are embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. In 2001, President George W. Bush made federal funding limited to non-embryonic stem cell research for ethical issues. However, in 2009, President Barack Obama removed certain restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research making it free to perform tests. Stem cell research should be federally funded and scientifically allowed as it provides treatment for numerous conditions, will allow the United States to become the world leader in regenerative medicine, does not go against the principles of ethics and …show more content…
Stem cell research must be federally funded as it will provide a cure for numerous diseases and disabilities. Stem cells are very powerful as they all have the potential to develop into different types of cells and repair or reprogram different tissues. Because of this stem cells have the potential to provide new and more potent treatments for diabetes, genetic diseases, heart disease, neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and even cancer. The cells also restore lost function, like the sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and human limbs. For instance, in a study conducted by Robert Lanza, an experimental treatment, made from human embryonic stems cells, weakened the symptoms of two people that were suffering from forms of blindness and partially restoring their sight (Facts on File). With the use of these rehabilitating cells, two lives are now of higher quality as they have had one of their five senses returned to them. Also, since the 1980s,