28
Jan
09

Stem Cell Research is an Opportunity for America

I have to admit my knowledge concerning embryonic stem cell research is limited, but from what I read; humanity would greatly benefit from its exploration and development.  This makes more sense than re-exploring the moon’s surface or many of the pork-barrel projects congress is trying to get passed into legislation.

Furthermore, I’ve always subscribed to the notion “difficult times create opportunity”, which we are in and will be over the next couple of years.  I think of the high tech jobs this will increase, the advancement of bio-medical treatment and technology and our pending, proposed health care package, which will hopefully be presented to congress within the next three months.

I am a spiritually practicing Christen, and I don’t really see how this research violates any of the Christen faith’s beliefs.  However, if this technology challenges these beliefs, than I have to question why we allow “faith healing” as a form of legalized treatment.

Recently, a conference hosted by the “Center for American Progress” convened to discuss “Stem Cell Science and Innovation Done Responsibly” and produced a video after its conclusion, which is viewable on YouTube. The discussion by academic panelists assembled, as convinced me even more so that we as a nation must develop stem cell research.  The following is the video of this aforementioned conference, along with excepts taken from YouTube listing:

The time has come for the U.S. to renew its promise of global life sciences leadership. With the ascendancy of the Obama administration and a more progressive Congress, the opportunity for renewal has never been greater. The United States must now stake its claim as the world leader in regenerative medicine, which is almost certain to become a vital component of cutting edge biomedical innovation in the 21st century. To ensure that the research in this newly emerging field of the life sciences is conducted responsibly and ethically, the federal government must reform its stem cell research policy and fund embryonic stem cell research in a manner that is robust and comprehensive as well as cautious and principled.

The greatest potential for regenerative medicine lies in the ability of scientists to tap into the process of cell differentiation and development. This can only be achieved by tracing the development of human cells from the very beginning. To do so, scientists need to conduct research on embryonic stem cells so that they can discover how these all-purpose cells can change into any one of over two hundred different cell types in the human body. Indeed, this research will provide us with unprecedented insights into human development, how it can go wrong, and how it can be leading to 21st century medicine’s biggest paradigm shift.

Featured Panelists:

  • Amy Comstock Rick, President, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research
  • John Gearhart, Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • James W. Effron University Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Moderated By:

  • Michael J. Rugnetta, Fellows Assistant, Progressive Bioethics Initiative, Center for American Progress
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