Sunday, July 23, 2006

Bush Does Bono

Yesterday's post was a serious issue so today being Sunday I'll keep it lighthearted and fun.

I think it's hilarious but that's my opinion! Check it out and let me know what you think...

Sunday Bloody Sunday!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research is a fascinating area of biology and one which holds endless possibilities. Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body and thereby offering a renewable source of cells and tissues which can be used to treat many conditions, disabilities and diseases including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes to name a few

Once a stem cell line has been established from a cell in the body, it is immortal and can be grown in a laboratory indefinitely or frozen and stored for future use. This means that the procedure of isolation of the stem cell will never have to be repeated.

This is a huge medical breakthrough and one that could change how certain diseases and illnesses are treated. However some people argue that using stem cells in this way is destroying human life before its ability to sustain itself has been established, and is therefore murder. A cure for diseases and illness is not reason enough to destroy human life before it has begun and a belief that continued research without stem cells will eventually find cures.

Bush said he vetoed the stem cell research bill because he believes it destroys life. The fact is, however, that thousands of excess embryos from fertility treatments already are being destroyed and these cells never will be implanted to develop into fetuses.

Personally I am fascinated with stem cell research and the possibilities it holds for the human race. Alzheimer’s is an issue very close to my heart but I'll save that for another post. What I am trying to say is that I can see how we can benefit from such advances in medicine and If excess embryos can be used for treatment and research for various diseases afflicting human beings, Is it not more of a crime to try to hold back the studies. Even some anti-abortion Republicans backed the legislation that Bush vetoed.

However despite the fact that Bush vetoed the bill that would have allowed for federal funding for stem cell research, the studies continue with private funding throughout America in laboratories and educational institutions. For example Harvard University has said it is joining with the New York Stem Cell Foundation and Columbia University for stem cell study.