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Stem Cell: TO research or Not TO research that is the question.

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Started: 1/10/2008 Category: Politics
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ting912

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the following is a outline for a paper i have to write. (High school)
feel free to rebuttal gives me material and a GOOD debate! :)

Although social conservatives of the United States resist an existence of a comprehensive plan for the development of stem cell research- rationales such as: treatment for terminal illnesses, regeneration of damage or lost organs, and the research and identification of alternative totipotent cells all to a mandatory, extensive development of stem cell research in the coming years.
What is a Stem Cell?
1.Stem Cell is a generic term for a collection of cells called pluripotent cells. (pluri- meaning "many" in Latin, and Potent meaning "powerful".)
2.These "stem cells" can be classified by their "ability" transform into explicit functional cells (ie neurons, muscle cells, red blood cells).
3.A totipotent cell differentiates into any of the cells allocated in the body.
4.Mainstream media and the President of the United States labeled Stem Cells as "Embryonic Stem Cell (totipotent)." Which is a VERY slandering vindication on regenerative medicine.
5.There are many other ways to culture stem cells, for example in Deciuous teeth, umbilical cord blood, and the placenta. These Alternative methods are called Non-Embryonic Stem Cells.
6.Here is a flow chart-> Bush and others don't like Embryonic Stem Cell-> Bush & Media Use term Stem Cell too loosely-> grants and funding is blocked to Almost ALL federal funded stem cell research as a fallout because little is understood by the public even the POTUS; this is an effect of the loosely used term.
Why do we oppose it?
President George Walker Bush
Speech given to the Press in 2001:
"…Stem cells raises profound ethical questions, because extracting the stem cell destroys the embryo, and thus destroys its potential for life."

Noted here that Mr. Bush blurs the line that distinguishes the differences between non-embryonic stem cell and embryonic stem cell.

i.Oppositions of Stem Cell find their basis mainly upon personal religious believes. These personal believes should remain just that: personal.
ii.Oppositions say that "[they] believe human life is a sacred gift from our Creator." Therefore a "potential" for human life should not be jeopardized by a "hope" that the further devolvement of Regenerative Medicine can indeed save lives.
iii.Oppositions have successfully vetoed stem cell funding bills on numerous occasions; dispute a majority support for such a bill.
a.Stem Cell Research Enchantment Act of 2005
i.The bill passed the House (HR810) by a vote of 238 to 194 on May 24, 2005
ii.The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63 to 37 on July 18, 2006.
b.Stem Cell Research Enchantment Act of 2007
i.The bill passed the Senate (S.5)on April 11, 2007 by a vote of 63-34
ii.The bill passed the House on June 7, 2007 by a vote of 247-176.
iv.Oppositions usually define themselves as active white religious characters. Those whom object an expansion of stem cell research also demonstrate a parallel stance on anti-abortion laws; both subjects illustrate violations to a right to life -- as in accordance to the fundaments of Biblical teachings.
v.Today we define these "Oppositions" as Social Conservatives or Compassionate Conservatives; they operate under a so called "faith-based initiatives."
vi.Today Americans largely define the centerpiece of a compassionate conservative with a portrait of George W. Bush—a moron; sorry I can't help it.
Good things that can come.
1)Use of a therapeutic stem cell treatment has been used in practice since the 1950's (believe or not!)
2)In the late 50's Dr. Edward Donnall Thomas of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center developed a surgical procedure in the field of hematology called Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.
3)This pioneering modus operandi later presented Dr Thomas with a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
4)Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, HSCT for short, is a widely practiced medical treatment in modern medicine (whether you are aware of it or not!) it is known as a treatment for 30 different congenital and acquired illnesses including:
i)Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
ii)Amyloidosis
iii)Sickle Cell Disease
iv)Aplastic Anemia

5)Sound familiar? Yes, HSCT is also known as Bone Marrow Transplant; a stem cell discovered through advancement in research that have since save Millions of lives across the WORLD.
6)A list of disease treatable by HSCT is as follows:

i.Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
ii.Acute lymphocytic leukemia
iii.Acute myelogenous leukemia
iv.Adrenoleukodystrophy
v.AL amyloidosis
vi.Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia
vii.Aplastic anemia
viii.chronic lymphocytic leukemia
ix.Chronic myelogenous leukemia (accelerated phase or blast crisis)
x.Desmoplastic small round cell tumor
xi.Essential thrombocytosis
xii.Ewing's sarcoma
xiii.Griscelli syndrome type II
xiv.Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
xv.Hodgkin's disease
xvi.Hurler syndrome
xvii.Kostmann syndrome
xviii.Krabbe disease
xix.Metachromatic leukodystrophy
xx.Multiple myeloma (Kahler's disease)
xxi.Myelodysplasia
xxii.Neuroblastoma
xxiii.Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
xxiv.Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH; severe aplasia)
xxv.Polycythemia vera
xxvi.Radiation poisoning
xxvii.Sickle cell disease
xxviii.Thalassemia
xxix.Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome

1.In the future; if our government allows it Stem Cell therpies show a promising treatment for many neurodegenerative diseases—because of a stem cell's innate ability to differentiate into Neurons.
2.The following are but a few of Neurodegenerative diseases treatable by stem cells:

i.Alexander disease
ii.Alper's disease
iii.Alzheimer's disease
iv.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
v.Ataxia telangiectasia
vi.Batten disease (also known as Spielmeyer-Vogt-Sjogren-Batten disease)
vii.Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
viii.Canavan disease
ix.Cockayne syndrome
x.Corticobasal degeneration
xi.Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
xii.Huntington's disease
xiii.HIV-associated dementia
xiv.Kennedy's disease
xv.Krabbe disease
xvi.Lewy body dementia
xvii.Machado-Joseph disease (Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3)
xviii.Multiple sclerosis
xix.Multiple System Atrophy
xx.Narcolepsy
xxi.Neuroborreliosis
xxii.Parkinson disease
xxiii.Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease
xxiv.Pick's disease
xxv.Primary lateral sclerosis
xxvi.Prion diseases
xxvii.Refsum's disease
xxviii.Sandhoff disease
xxix.Schilder's disease
xxx.Subacute combined degeneration of spinal cord secondary to Pernicious Anaemia
xxxi.Schizophrenia
xxxii.Spielmeyer-Vogt-Sjogren-Batten disease (also known as Batten disease)
xxxiii.Spinocerebellar ataxia (multiple types with varying characteristics)
xxxiv.Spinal muscular atrophy
xxxv.Steele-Richardson-Olszewski disease
xxxvi.Tabes dorsalis
DucoNihilum

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Thank you for bringing up such an interesting debate here on debate.org

Now, in your proposition you propose that you are pro in "To do [stem cell research] or not to do [stem cell research]", however, in your opening argument you state that "grants and funding [are] blocked " for stem cell research. You did not show anywhere in your opening argument that there have been any efforts to ban stem cell research privately, just "federal[ly] funded stem cell research. You correlated stem cell research with federal funding, so I will focus my argument on 'federally funded stem cell research' as this is your main complaint.

I do not deny that stem cell research can be beneficial, I do however deny the idea that it needs to be federally funded.

The US Constitution was written by our founding fathers who supported a minimalist government. The founding fathers wrote the constitution to support a minimalist government. Nowhere in the constitution are 'stem cell research' or any federal grants listed. Because of this, the federal government has no authority to fund stem cell research.

There are many reasons why we might not want the federal government being involved in research.

The federal government is simply not needed- research can be provided by private groups, at the expense of those private groups rather than the taxpayers. Private groups are free from the many restrictions that are put place by government officials, including this sensitive issue- stem cell research.

I agree that for some, stem cell research may seem beneficial- but for those who have religious objections to stem cell research- however incorrect they may be- to have to pay for a program that they are morally opposed to is wrong.

The first amendment guarantees freedom of religion- however, those opposed to such programs are forced to pay for them, they are forced to pay for something that to them goes directly against their religion.

If all research were to be private, individuals such as these would have no sway outside of the market. As of now, as it is their money going into the projects they do have the absolute right to complain- it would be a totally different story if it were privately funded. Privately funded research is not tied to all people of the united states, but a few who choose to invest in it. No liberties are violated when people have the freedom to choose- should I contribute to stem cell research, or should I not?
Debate Round No. 1
ting912

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DucoNihilum

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Debate Round No. 2
ting912

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ting912 forfeited this round.
DucoNihilum

Con

Well, pro again did not respond.

Pro tried to make the argument that federal stem cell research was needed- I opposed that position, made my argument, and he has yet to reply to that argument.
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