State Policy on Embryonic Stem Cell Research Term Paper by Nicky

State Policy on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
A critical examination of state policy approaches to embryonic stem cell research.
# 148351 | 1,285 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2011 in Hot Topics (Stem Cell Research)

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The paper explores the varying approaches to stem cell research legislation and explains that the controversy over stem cell research at the state level relates to the specific source of human stem cells. The paper focuses on the laws of Arizona, Indiana and Iowa, identifies the interest groups and issues involved, and points out that it is simply this fundamental issue of religious influence on secular law that generates the main argument on both sides of this moral controversy. This paper reaches the conclusion that there is likely no appropriate place for religious perspective in American law at either the state or federal level.

Varying Approaches to Stem Cell Research Legislation
State Laws Applying Different Approaches to Stem Cell Research Legislation
Interest Groups and Issues Involved
Evaluation and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Whereas other types of human stem cells, such as adult stem cells are also useful, they are less capable of differentiation and, therefore, allow a narrower range of potential uses. Moreover, they must be extracted from the bone marrow of living patients, requiring a dangerous and uncomfortable medical procedure. In 2007, two different teams of scientists in the United States and Japan developed methods of increasing the potential uses of adult stem cells, but those methods will require extensive further research and development before they can be widely used."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dershowitz, Allan. Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. Boston: Little Brown, 2002.
  • Kinsley, Michael. "Why Science Can't Save the GOP" Time Magazine, December 10, 2007: 36.
  • Levine, Carol. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues. 12th Ed. Dubuque Iowa:McGraw Hill, 2008.
  • Mooney, Chris. The Republican War on Science. New York: Basic Books, 2005.
  • National Conference of State Legislators (2009). Stem Cell Research - State Laws. Retrieved May 2, 2009, from the NCSL public website, at:

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