for some reason the stem cell issue scares me and I dont think I could support it, taking some voiceless life to improve another, maybe I am misinformed? it all seems unethical
IF abortion is unethical, then stem cell research using stem cells taken from embryos is unethical. If abortion (at an early stage) is ethical, there is no mortal issue with stem cell research.
Yup, apart from using 'nondescript' instead of 'undifferentiated', you're spot on. Once a cell has differentiated it (normally) cannot ever be or divide into anything other than the type of cell it has differentiated into.
They are already looking at using autologus stem cells http://my.webmd.com/content/article/31/1728_76251
I personally think that stem cell research is a little too much like playing God .
As god isn't playing god we may as well. For the 'playing god' argument to work it actually has to BE an argument, and without satisfactory definitions of 'god' and what god should 'play' (which are obviously impossible to define), the statement is not an argument but is a logical fallacy; Appeal to Tradition.
Did you figure out if it was me for President and you for Vice-President or vice-versa? I'm more than happy to take the back seat!
I wonder if some of these same arguments were used when organ transplants were first started?
Yes, they were.
I was responding to comments in turn and saw you had the same thought as me!
Brummie, I agree, and what about those awful women who eat life (sperm) just for their sick sexual thrills?
That one deserves a drink some day...
[adult] stem cells are plentiful and avoid political and religious objections.
I think you'll find that adult stem cells are not at this time as useable in research. Do you think scientists are silly or something? Why do you think they want to use ones from fetuses? Please be careful, you might mislead people with statements like that.
When an organism stops respiring, the cells do not magically all die at the same instant. Life is an organic process that continues for sometime after the organsim is what we would call 'dead'.
Well a fetus is living.
So is a cat. Or a cow. Or a pet rat. And, although it might be 'offensive' to say it, a pet rat has more neural tissue (brains etc.) than an early term fetus. You are not 'killing a little human being', unless you believe there is something 'outside' of the body or 'invisable' in it that gives it humanity. Our humanity seems to come from our minds, and early term fetuses have less minds than pet rodents.
But its as much a life as any other living thing.
Mmm... life, as we know it, is characterised by MOTION, REPRODUCTION, CONSUMPTION, GROWTH and STIMULUS RESPONSE . Groups of cell, whilst being 'live' do not sometimes qualify as 'life' by the above definiton.