Life Span Psychology
What Do You Think - Stem Cell Research
When my first son was born 10 years ago stem cell research was a huge dilemma. As my pregnancy progressed the decision to save his cord blood was easy to us. My husband and I thought about his 13 year old brother who has Cystic Fibrosis and our own child who could become ill one day with a life threatening illness. His own stem cells (cord blood) could save his life, a future sibling, or family members.
Although Im not exactly how I feel about embryonic stem cells, I totally agree with with obtaining Adult stem cells to save another persons life or increase their quality of life. My belief in this comes from my childhood. I grew up will a father who was paralyzed from the waist down. He was shot when I was 1 year old. I never seen him walk. I cant imagine never getting the chance to play out side with my kids, go to their ballgames or other activities, and do the things that we enjoy doing with our children like camping, fishing, hiking, boating, etc. If stem cells had been available to my father in 1977 he may have walked again.
Every year I get a bill for ninety dollars from the cord blood facility in Florida for storage. I dont mind paying it a bit because it gives me peace of mind that it is available if we would ever need it. I think I would also agree with the embryonic stem cell research if they could guarantee and prove that the stem cells used in research are left over from fertility clinics are are going to be destroyed otherwise. However, I do not agree with a life being created for the sole purpose of using the embryonic stem cells for research or to specifically save another human being.
Upon research via the internet, Ive learned that the embryonic stem cell debate could be close to over because of new breakthoughs. Scientists have learned how to stimulate a patient's own cells to behave like embryonic stem cells. These so-called induced pluripotent stem...