Ethical?


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Over the past few years there has been a widely debated field of research. This field is stem cell research and there are many groups that have argued against the use of stem cells and how there are not many proven benefits that they could provide. However there has been a recent break through using stem cells in the research of Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder which over more than 400,000 people in the United States alone live with. Most people with Down syndrome have intellectual disability and often suffer from many other health issues.  People with Down syndrome have a much higher risk of developing many medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions.( <a href="http://www.dsnmc.org/facts/">Down Syndrome</a> ) However very recently research doctors have made a very significant break through towards treating Down syndrome using stem cells.


( <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8072484/Stem-cell-research-a-new-age-dawns-in-healthcare.html">Image</a> )
Recently two UMass Medical School researches have managed to activate a naturally occurring reaction through the use of stem cells that shuts down the chromosomes that cause Down syndrome. The researches hope to pursue this and in the future create a form of chromosome therapy which they hope will be able to nullify the affects of the disorder in those who are affected. This shows how valuable stem cell research could be to society and the many benefits which it could offer to those who suffer from a wide variety of medical disorders. If these researchers are able to continue their research using stem cells there is no telling what they could achieve.

sources:
http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/07/stem_cell_research_yields_down_syndrome_breakthrough
http://www.dsnmc.org/facts/

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I think one of the reasons people oppose it so much is because people think the only source of stem cells is from fetuses. When in reality, stem cells are attainable from other sources, such as umbilical cords. Another reason I think stem cell research has not become more popular is that the government is not allowed to fund it. Here's an interesting article I found about the issue:
http://www.nrlc.org/archive/news/2001/NRL09/laura.html

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