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Government should fund stem cell research

The recent ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is one that should have never been put in place.

Stem cell research, whether the stem cells come from embryos or adults, is far too precious a science to halt federal funding.

United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth recently issued an injunction that halted the ban on embryonic stem cell research lifted by the Obama administration.

Previously, former President George W. Bush’s administration placed a ban on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The judge cited the Dickey-Wicker amendment to fight opposing people to his injunction.

Lamberth said that under the amendment lifting the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research was illegal.

However, this research, despite the origin of the stem cells, is extremely important to curing many diseases, especially those diagnosed with these diseases who live in developed countries.

Stem cells are cells which are cultivated from embryos, fetuses, placentas, umbilical cords, and the tissues of various adult organs.

They are non-specialized cells that have the power to develop into any cell, including nerve cells, muscle cells, brain cells and red blood cells once they are placed in the body or manipulated correctly.

Under the correct conditions the stem cells also have the capability to become tissue-specific and organ-specific cells.

They have the potential to act as a sort of patch for a failing liver or even fill a bone with marrow for a patient in need.

With enough research, scientists may be able grow to whole organs in the near future, according to the National Institute of Health’s website.

Use of stem cells can aid those suffering from diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, multiple sclerosis and damaged muscle tissue.

According to, stem cells can also help those with Alzheimer’s disease, victims of spinal cord injuries, people who suffer from heart disease, and those who have had a stroke.

These victims often need the “cellular patches” that stem cells have the capability to become.

Leaps and bounds have already been made in the research field of stem cells without the help of federal government funding.

However, with the ban in place it will be difficult for scientists and researchers to achieve greater goals and make new discoveries.

Regardless of where the stem cells come from, research should continue to be funded.

There is far too much good that can be done through embryonic stem cell research for Judge Lamberth’s injunction to stop it.

Countless diseases can be cured or at the very least be treated if stem cell research is allowed to flourish with the help of federal funding.

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