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Writer's Block: Big Debates

Do you think stem cell research is good, bad, or dangerous? Should it be funded by the government?


I think the government funds entirely too many things already that should be funded by the private sector.

Generally if the question is "Should the government fund "x?"" my answer is NO.

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swampfaye
Mar. 15th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
When they banned the use of stem cells from fetus' - they had a breakthrough about stem cells from adults and could do the exact same things they were using from these fetal cells. I do think we are going to dangerous places with cell research, and it would be better for government to get out of it entirely so we aren't a part of it. Cloned and designer babies are already here. You can be black and have a blonde, blue eyed child now. Is this really going to help us move forward as a society? Unfortunately, I don't think so.
toma42
Mar. 18th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Should the government fund "x?"

Where x is

Nation Building
Israel
Extraordinary Rendition

Fetal stem cells are a unique problem in that they can't be compared to donating organs. However, as swampfaye points out, adult stem cells are now harvestable. Stem cell research has the potential for change in medicine that peniccilin catalyzed. It's for this promise government funds will be allocated.

A Gattaca world divided between God-children and genetically selected individuals will be damned by the lesser for personal and theological reasons.

God gave us the gift of genetic engineering for a reason. We as a community should take the time, and spend the resources, to learn how to enrich our lives and our posterity's future.
jatg
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
I have said nothing about whether or not such research should be pursued.
*I* am indignant that taxpayer money be used for *anything* private industry can do far more efficiency.
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