Having returned to the Catholic Church, I want to share my passion about God and all I didn't know that I didn't know about the Catholic Faith the first time around. This is a Catholic centered blog about the faith, music, movies, books (especially fantasy), writing, and Catholic homeschooling in California.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Stem Cells- What's Moral and What's New in the News
If you're confused about the stem cell controversy, you're not alone. What's the big hype? Why are people saying it's not ethical? I hope to sort it out for you and share some news from the science community about what's going on with stem cells.
Basically, as a Catholic, a mommy, and a compassionate person, I cannot condone embryonic stem cell research because it involves the destruction of a human embryo. A human embryo is a human life and therefore, killing it is murder, which is against the Fifth Commandment.
There are also what they call adult stem cells. These come from cord blood (the blood from your baby's umbilical cord when he or she is born), and from various organs around your body. The main role of adult stem cells is to maintain and repair tissue in your body. There is nothing morally wrong with using adult stem cells in research and medicine because nobody has to die to obtain them.
Adult stem cells have been used for years for treatments in such things as leukemia and spinal injuries. Recently, they've been used to grow a human heart. Read about it here.
Here's an older article, but I thought it was interesting because it lists loads of uses for adult stem cells. Read that here.
The nice thing about adult stem cell therapy is you can use the patient's own cells, which work more in harmony with his or her body. A foreign cell would seen as an invader and could be rejected.
If you would like to know what the Vatican says on the subject, go here to read Declaration on the Production on the Scientific and Therapeutic Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells.
I was excited to read about a new development. Read it at LifeNews.
Two scientists independently devised a way to force adult stem cells to behave more like embryonic stem cells. I love this quote from Dr. Shinya Yamanaka:
“When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters, I thought, we can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way.”
Or, as one of my daughters said, after I briefly explained embryonic stem cell research, "Why would anybody donate their baby for that? It's like abortion!"