How do you feel about embryonic stem cell research?

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2009-03-13 18:47:23 -0500
Started 2009-03-10 16:20:04 -0500

Hi All,

I do not want to get too political here, honestly!

It's just that I posted an interview yesterday with an exec from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) speaking out on Obama's lift of Bush's longstanding restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research — and the discussion has become VERY HEATED.

As one commenter pointed out, we can't be sure if these cells will produce a cure for chronic illnesses like diabetes — but we'll never know if we don't explore the possibility.

Remember, the cells for research are taken ONLY from sources that would otherwise be discarded.

Anyway, another blogger has just posted a survey asking fellow diabetics how they feel about this whole issue, at:

Want to weigh in? Please just be courteous and respectful with whatever you have to say! Thx.

16 replies

dj7110 2009-03-13 18:47:23 -0500 Report

I suport it and glad to see the issue has taken a turn here in the U.S. Hopefully it will bring about some possitive results in a cure for diabetis.

2009-03-11 08:39:28 -0500 Report

I agree with the use of non-viable fetus stem cell research. Most people who are against it don't realize where the stem cells come from! People have told me that they won't support it if they use the stem cells from LIVE fetus's, well, neither would I!! With studying Anatomy and Physiology, I'm learning ALOT that has to deal with the systems and such. I've had many many AHA moments, and the stem cell issue was one of those. If no harm is done, what IS the harm?

kdroberts 2009-03-11 11:21:54 -0500 Report

I agree, most people have no idea where the stem cells come from because of spin put on it. I spoke to a few people who truly believed that they came from near full term babies that were aborted just for stem cells which couldn't be further from the truth. It would be a heck of a lot easier practically and politically if adult stem cells had the same properties as embryonic ones but that's not the case. I support embryonic stem cell research, always have and always will.

2009-03-11 20:07:42 -0500 Report

Hey kd, there are SOME adults who I wouldn't be above taking stem cells from, cause they sure don't use em!!

rbergman 2009-03-10 19:47:26 -0500 Report

Animals are destroyed in the name of science and research all the time and other than maybe PETA nobody complains. IF this can be done without destroying a live embryo then I'm all for it, they aren't getting any good results on animals so if the key may lie within human embryo/stem cells. I agree with the person from the other website, we won't know unless we try.

bigjrm45 2009-03-10 18:40:53 -0500 Report

I would support stem cell research,if not for me but my grand kids ,I have lived now it is all for our kids that they can live longer and better.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-10 17:39:17 -0500 Report

I do support stem cell research.

I do NOT support destruction of living embryonic cells.

I do support stem cell removal from embryos that are to be discarded.

I do support adult stem cell research.

I do support utilizing stem cells from miscarriages or aborted fetuses, umbilical cords, placentas and amniotic fluid.

Adult type stem cells can be derived from various pregnancy-related tissues.
In adults, stem cells are present within various tissues and organ systems. These include the bone marrow, liver, epidermis, retina, skeletal muscle, intestine, brain, dental pulp, and elsewhere. Even fat obtained from liposuction has been shown to contain significant numbers of adult type stem cells.

I do support stem cell removal from cadavers.

MeiMei 2009-03-10 19:08:04 -0500 Report

Ditto the above. I especially support autologous stem cell research, meaning stem cells from the donor who is the same as the patient. This would help prevent rejection issues. But I am in favor of all stem cell research.

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