Throughout the years, there have been immense scientific discoveries made which lead to advancements in Gene Technology. Examples include the advancements that were made in stem cell research. It is considered a controversial topic that causes intense debates even today among different groups and communities. In my opinion, even though stem cell research has lots of advantages including curing incurable diseases and helping infertile men and woman overcome their problems as a student I think it opposes morals and ethics as well as having disadvantages and risks. To begin with, stem cells can be defined as undifferentiated cells which then become dissimilar and develop into more specialized cells.
By being a provider and educator, the organization has created a reputation as a safe, reliable source that many individuals can depend on for their health. Nearly 4 of 10 Americans are reliant on such programs and up to 25% of Planned Parenthood patients would be completely without medical insurance if the organization was defunded. Defunding Planned Parenthood was an effort put into effect in Texas of 2011 where it proved to be disastrous for both healthcare providers and their patients. The two-year budget for Planned Parenthood was cut from $111 million to $38 million, which resulted in 82 clinics closing, reduced services and supplies, and ultimately an upcharge for what was available. This resulted in a 36% decrease in IUDs and other implants and a 31% decrease in injectable contraceptives, all because it was limited, too expensive, or too difficult to receive (Willingham).
There are also many concerns drawn toward the uncertainty of gene therapy, especially when looking at previous deaths in result of gene therapy. Many think it is not morally acceptable to be testing on human beings when there is so much risk involved. It is also stressed that ‘gene therapy could possibly manipulate gens to genetically control traits in human offspring that are not health related (encyclopedia.com).’ To many, genetic modification or manipulation of genes is not morally or ethnically acceptable and therefore should not be done at all. Even though this procedure could save a life or help someone stretch their life span, people think it is unacceptable to play with the ‘body’ we were given. As gene therapy progresses we can see that it has many benefits and the future of gene therapy does look promising.
Some groups argue it is ethical, while others insist that the process is unethical, and there is a last group advocating for alternatives in the testing other than the use of animals. Animal testing should be banned because it is an unethical process that subjects animals to so much pain. In addition, it should be banned because, it is inaccurate, unreliable, and its benefits to human beings have not yet been fully confirmed by the current research. Animal testing should be banned because it is an unethical process. According to statistics, about 128 million animals which include guinea pigs, cats, rats, hamsters, dogs, frogs, hamsters, dogs,
Doctors recommend that patients do not use their own stem cells to treat or fight off a disease as their body could be producing the wrong stem cells that will complicate things and have the same defect on the body. This is like extracting a seed of a disease from on area of the body and placing it at another area of the body, which would be useless. Whilst many religions might be against the process of cord blood banking, we do have to look at the scientific side of it all. With the confusion between embryonic stem cells and cord blood banking, many are
In 2008, approximately 1.5 million children under the age of five died from vaccine preventable diseases. Required immunizations can save thousands of lives and can prevent serious diseases, and immunizations began to be mandatory at the beginning of the twentieth century. Immunizations are important for personal health, public health, longevity of life, and education. Overtime people have been skeptical about immunizations. There is a huge controversy surrounding immunizations.
Though technology at some point will likely make this possible, “human cloning is scientifically distant at best” and “the scientific community has universally condemned it” (Acost and Golub 429). Without the support of the possible creators of this technology, there is no way that this would ever come about, and it remains irrelevant to the known information about the benefits stem cell research would have on the world of healing medicine. At the center of the controversy lies politics and the continuous battle between being supportive of the research and respecting the beliefs of American groups. Starting in 1995, legislation took on the topic of stem cell research by creating the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. This amendment declared that no government funding would go towards anything that results in or could cause the destruction of embryos.
Anti-vaccine supporters strongly protest against vaccines primarily because they contain harmful ingredients. Indeed, this is true, but many pro-vaccine supporters urge that these ingredients are found in such minuscule quantities that they are deemed harmless. In fact, they claim that “Children are exposed to more aluminum in breast milk and infant formula than they are exposed to in vaccines.” Not to mention, the CDC and the FDA insist that vaccines are thoroughly tested and made safe. Although countless anti-vaccine protesters believe that vaccines are the origin of many autism cases, there is no definite evidence proving a link between vaccinations and autism. In 1998, scientist Andrew Wakefield published an article stating that his experiment has proven that vaccines cause autism.
But right now one size fits all for everybody is not working”(The doctors,2008). Julia states that “vaccination is a medical procedure that should have questions prier to getting a vaccination.”(The doctors.2008). On the other hand, Dr.Jim Sears argues that Vaccination can be related to Autism, but its not the main factor, there are many other factors that cause Autism, where these factors are unknown. Dr.Sears states that “many children get this disease without getting vaccinated”(The Doctors.2008). In his statement Dr.Sears states that preventing child vaccination won’t protect your child from getting diagnosed with
“Common side effects include:...respiratory failure...kidney failure...liver failure” (Abassi). These side effects are common, which should make patients question the morals of the therapy, and question the whether or not the those side effects are worth it, even though the treatment can’t cure autism. However, not only has the therapy been a worrying to patients, but it has also caught the eyes of the U.S. Food and Drug Association. “The FDA has issued a new consumer bulletin, “Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism”’ (FDA Cracks Down on False Claims about Autism Treatments). If the U.S. Food and Drug Association, has to make warn patients about chelation when treating autism, parents should be careful when deciding to consider chelation therapy.