I had a conversation this evening with one of my housemates about the research and advancement in stem cells. I don’t get it folks, why are people trying to prevent the advancement in this field. Just to put some perspective on this, here are the pro’s and con’s from www.experiment-resources.com/stem-cell-pros-and-cons.html -
Stem cell research can potentially help treating a range of medical problems. It could lead humanity closer to better treat and possibly cure a number of diseases:
- Parkinson’s Disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson's_disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer's_disease
- Heart Diseases, Stroke and Diabetes (Type 1)
- Birth Defects http://www.dad.info/kids/babies/birth-defects-and-other-conditions/
- Spinal Cord Injuries http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_cord_injury
- Replace or Repair Damaged Organs
- Reduced Risk of Transplantation (You could possibly get a copy of your own heart in a heart-transplantation in the future
- Stem cells may play a major role in cancer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer
Ask anyone who suffers from or is close to someone who suffers from these diseases if this is a bad idea
Better treatment of these diseases could also give significant social benefits for individuals and economic gains for society
- "We should not mess with human life."
- "Humans should not be trying to play God"
- Some argue that stem cell research in the far future can lead to knowledge on how to clone humans. It is hard to say whether this is true, but we have seen devastating consequences of other research-programs, even with good intentions, such as nuclear research.
These are not facts they are opinions
OK, so the red comments are my opinion.
I have to say that it is the Christian fundamentalists that are standing in the way of this research - http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/upsetting_the_stem_cell_applecart/
Why wouldn’t ‘God’ want us to live without pain and disease? Why would he not want this if he made it possible? Why give us the tools and then send his people in to prevent us? He threw his own angels out of heaven for disagreeing with him about mankind and now he wants us to suffer?
Would any of you put your fate in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists? Why are we allowing all our fates to be in the hands of Christian fundamentalists? Religious people are usually smart and make (reasonably) good decisions but we know, without question fundamentalists don’t so why would we allow them to ruin our chances? I feel so strongly about this because they are preventing a cure for my disease being found. They are condemning me and millions of others to a life of pain and many to death, simply because they have the opinion ‘We should not mess with human life."and "Humans should not be trying to play God". I have opinions but they don’t mean others suffer, why is it ok for them to do this? Why do these people have so much power? Why am I so powerless?
I had to read a version of this to my big brother to ensure I didn’t offend anyone because that is not my goal here. Like I have said I like religion, in actual fact it fascinates me but I am in pain, I know that my life is going to be restricted and worst of all there might be help out there for me that a group of people are standing in the way of. The point about nucular development is null in void in my opinion because humans create things to kill each other, they always have done, they always will do, maybe just for once we could come up with a plan to save us as well.
Rant Stem Cell terminated.
I should share with you here how silly crazy I have gotten recently, I painted my nails the same colour as my pajama's today, that is how sad my existence is at the moment. It is good in the fact that my mum always told me ‘No matter how bad things are, get up, do your hair, do your make-up and things won’t seem so bad’, you know something, as ever she is right. I do this and it makes me feel better in myself, even if I am in my jammies and can’t do much I keep some self respect. Thank you Mumma.
Anyway bet your bored of hearing me babble, whine and bitch so I am gong to sign off here and go and bug my peers on facebook. Love you all.