Stem Cell Policies Analytical Essay by Nicky

Stem Cell Policies
This paper discusses policies regarding stem cell research in the U.S.
# 146897 | 809 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer first defines and explains the nature of a stem cell. The writer then discusses the stem policy under the former President Bush. The writer looks at the current U.S. stem cell policy, noting that a new policy allowing research involving human embryonic stem cells and human non-embryonic stem cells has the potential to lead to better understanding and treatment of many disabling diseases and conditions. The writer concludes that when President Obama signed the EO removing barriers on federal funding for hESC, it opened the doors to more advances and much needed cures for the future.

Scientific Breakthrough
What is a Stem Cell
Stem Cell Policy under Former President Bush (2001-2009)
Current U.S. Stem Cell Policy under President Obama
Obama Administration Opens the Door

From the Paper:

"Federal funds could be awarded for research using human embryonic stem cells if the following criteria are met: the derivation process (which begins with the destruction of the embryo) was initiated prior to 9:00 P.M. EDT on August 9, 2001; the stem cells must have been derived from an embryo that was created for reproductive purposes and was no longer needed; informed consent must have been obtained for the donation of the embryo and that donation must not have involved financial inducements.
"This controversial decision drew all kinds of reactions from different groups on each side of the issue. Some adversaries of hESC research expressed admiration for the decision limiting research to existing cell lines, while others said that no research should be allowed under any circumstances. Advocates of hESC research, meanwhile, generally praised the president for allowing some research to go forward, but criticized the restriction to existing cell lines as too strict, questioning whether enough research would be allowed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "AAAS Policy Brief: Stem Cell Research." 10 March 2009. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 27 March 2009 <>.
  • "Executive Summary." 2009. The National Institutes of Health resource for stem cell research. 27 March 2009 <>.
  • Register, Federal. "Presidential Documents Executive Order 13505." 11 March 2009. Federal Register. 24 March 2009 <>.

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