Repairs for a Broken Heart?
I read today about new findings from a scientific experiment reported on by CBS. Evidence from the experiment that CBS has been following for two years suggests that stem cells have the ability to regenerate damaged hearts. The study cites in particular one forty year old patient, Ken, who suffered a serious heart attack, and was facing a life of breathing difficulties and limited exertion. Ken participated in a risky clinical study that sought to reverse his heart injury by inserting bits of healthy heart tissue (which were cultivated to manufacture millions of stem cells) into the damaged part of his heart. Previously bone marrow stem cells have been used for this type of procedure, with poor results. Ken had 50% improvement in his heart’s condition, the average for improvement among others participating in the same trial. These are the first positive results of this kind, and they look promising for a future of medicine using stem cells.
The question I pose to you is: how do you feel about the use of stem cells in scientific research? As evidenced in this study, they have the potential to be very useful in matters of health and human repair. But does that potential make their use morally justified? Do you even feel that their use is immoral? I’d enjoy feedback on this controversial topic.