Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita
Mother cell research mapping: Terra Incognita puts a human face on this controversial subject. When the daughter of Dr. Jack
Kessler neurologist injured his spine in a skiing accident, who directed their energies toward finding a method to repair damaged spinal cords, re-focusing his research on the development of cell therapy embryonic stem cells to regenerate damaged parts of the nervous system of the system. His research has led to a very politically sensitive area in which views of Catholic and fundamentalist Christian about the beginning of life exert a powerful influence.
Kessler uses his position to educate the public about the benefits of stem cell research through public lectures and newspaper articles. In working with two graduate students, Vicki and Vibhu, guides them through a careful experiment in mice with spinal damage. Also, during a weekly meeting with students laboratory, Kessler discusses religious objections and misunderstandings about stem cell research.
His colleague, Dr. Laurie Zoloth, who participates in public education activities Kessler, also delves into the moral and ethical issues surrounding research in their classes on bioethics. The questions are more difficult, involving different religious beliefs and sense of human suffering.
In response to the views of most Americans, Congress passed the Stem Cell Research and Enhancement Act of 2005, which was vetoed by President Bush. Another bill supporting stem cell research made its way though Congress in 2007 and also received a presidential veto. Discussion and debate will continue in individual states pass laws that affect stem cell research, while other countries make progress in this field.
Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita,