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What's your opinion on stem cell research?

What are stem cells?
Stem cells are crucial to develop organisms. They are nonspecialized cells which have the potential to create other types of specific cells, such as blood-, brain-, tissue- or muscle-cells. Stem cells are in all of our body and lives, but are far more potent in a fetus than in an adult body. Some types of stem cells may be able to create all other cells in the body. Others have the potential to repair or replace damaged tissue or cells.

What is Stem Cell Research?
Stem cell research is used for investigation of basic cells which develop organisms. The cells are grown in laboratories where tests are carried out to investigate fundamental properties of the cells.

Stem cell research can potentially help treat a range of medical problems. It could lead humanity closer to better treatment and possibly cure a number of diseases: Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Heart Diseases, Stroke and Diabetes (Type 1), Birth Defects, Spinal Cord Injuries, 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).

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VotesAnswer
13I fully support this, because...
6I support this only under certain guidelines, because
1I have no opinion
1I have something else to say
0I do not support this, because...
0I don't know enough about stem cell research to answer


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Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 29-Sep-2012 10:58am  
All scientific research needs to be guided by ethics and legality but stem cell research is already benefiting people and I want to see it continue.
Galomorro
posted 29-Sep-2012 11:13am  
Fully support it since it has potential to be useful for various medical conditions.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 29-Sep-2012 11:49am  
I fully support stem-cell research because I think it has enormous potential for good. I don't have any problems with the ways in which the stem cells are harvested.
southernyankee
posted 29-Sep-2012 2:07pm  
Stem cells are just cells and don't have any rights, so I think its ok to use them.
LJD
posted 29-Sep-2012 2:15pm  
I do not support
Maarten
(reply to LJD) posted 30-Sep-2012 7:23pm  
> I do not support

Why not?
Would you deny treatment if you had cancer and your medicine came from stem cell research?
LJD
(reply to Maarten) posted 30-Sep-2012 10:57pm  
I think the medical industry has gone too far. Cancer can be healed without stem cell research. It can be healed by herbals.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 1-Oct-2012 5:10am  
fully support because of the possible benefits for people with chronic diseases that have been shown.
Gomezy3k
posted 1-Oct-2012 7:21pm  
Why not do it. Any research should be OK if there is a possibility for a cure for some disease.
Maarten
(reply to LJD) posted 2-Oct-2012 6:49am  
No, I'm sorry. You can't cure cancer (and A LOT) of other diseases with herbals.
LJD
(reply to Maarten) posted 2-Oct-2012 12:21pm  
Cancer can be cured with mind/body/spirit. I've personally seen it done. One of my son's friend's mother's was cured. I met a woman that had cancer throughout her body, and she was healed with the same process..

HOW? Herbal formula, positive thinking, whole foods/healthy water, light exercise, good sleep.....AND AVOIDANCE OF CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIATION.. REMEMBER you can't separate the mind/body/spirit. Remember God said he gave herbs as medicine.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 2-Oct-2012 12:50pm  
I'm all for advances in medicine, but I actually have some skepticism about the promises of stem cell therapy. Stem cells can have dramatic effects on a body and are not very well targeted. I'm no expert either, but I saw a case of someone getting stem cell therapy (a very sick child) and there were some pretty major side-effects. Looking it up,.. I think it was Graft-versus-host disease.
Zang
posted 6-Oct-2012 9:45pm  
I don't have a strong opinion. I understand that they may provide important breakthroughs in medical research. I understand that this is very controversial in the United States, because the same sort of people who think that the earth is 6000 years old also think that it is very very bad. Fortunately, other countries, like Canada, don't let wackos direct important policy decisions, so we can breathe a collective sigh of relief and carry on with our lives, secure in the notion that medical science will be funded elsewhere.
Dino
posted 10-Oct-2012 8:44am  
With appropriately monitored research, I support this. I do worry that companies, and their statistics on the effect of stem cell research may work to their own agenda.
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