Monday, February 4, 2013
the Public vs Stem Cells
[by William Phillips] In our short class discussion, we covered the multiple avenues of stem cell research, as well as the issues' relationship with abortion and the public eye. Within our own ranks, no one was opposed to stem cell research, and we all agreed that its opposition was rooted in ignorance, and that an informed public would definitely be in favor of further research and implementation. However, we did run into a slight confusion about the definition of "human" and the point of life in relation to appeasing religious groups. Coincidentally, our biggest derision was not about the research itself, but it's political context. What would the pharmaceutical companies do to compensate for losses, how could we implement stem cell research into our current health care system without losing profits, and should implementation be decided on a state or federal level? These questions remained relatively unanswered and, in my opinion, are definitely the more pertinent questions for proponents.