Umbilical Stem Cells Argumentative Essay by supercalifragilistic

Umbilical Stem Cells
This paper looks at the use of umbilical cords as a source for stem cell research.
# 96327 | 1,100 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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In this article the writer notes that stem cells have received much attention because of their unique capacity to renew themselves and morph into several different types of specialized cells. The writer also points out that the practice of harvesting stem cells from aborted fetuses has received much criticism from conservative groups, prompting President Bush to halt federal funding for stem cell research. This paper argues that there is a way to accommodate ethical concerns, while reaping the benefits of stem cell research. The writer maintains that umbilical cords are a viable source of stem cells, and do not raise the same ethical issues as harvesting from fetuses. The writer argues, therefore, that parents should be strongly encouraged to donate their newborns' umbilical cords to public and private banks, to provide scientists with a source of stem cells for their life-saving research.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Peterson, Holly. "Cord-blood Controversy." Newsweek. August 18, 2003: 56.
  • Seppa, Natan. "Baby Rescue." Science News. May 21, 2005: 323-324.
  • Smith, Wesley J. "Umbilical Accord." Human Life Review. 31:4, Fall 2005: 87-89.

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