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Stem cell research: When will the controversy end?

Stem cell research is one such area where the world does not have a unanimous decision and where some people are against it, some are in favor of it and others simply don’t know what to do. The controversy associated with embryonic stem cell research is with regards to the destruction of the embryo when cells are extracted and though embryos are being used for in-vitro fertility treatment there are a number of people who are opposed to stem cell research on the basis that embryos are just the start of human life. People who are for embryonic stem cell researches state that embryo should not be given the same importance as the fetus and though they agree that embryos are being destroyed but they further say that the benefits offered are far more when compared to the downside. People who oppose embryonic stem cell research are pro life campaigners who believe that destruction of embryos leads to the destruction of human life and these people are generally against embryonic stem cell research rather than stem cell research. There are also some people who are against stem cell research since they feel that it would lead to reproductive cloning. The controversy associated with stem cell research is expected to continue until and unless a proper consensus is reached on this issue.

India emerging as a global hub for stem cell research

Who said India lags behind in the arena of stem cell research? The country is growing at the rate of fifteen percent per year in the stem cell market arena and will reach the figures of $ 540 million by 2010. India has around fifteen centers which are undertaking research in the arena of stem cell. Of them five centers are involved in undertaking extensive trials in the arena of cardiology. India has all the strength to emerge as a global hub for undertaking stem cell research. Since U.S has banned stem cell research India can surely prosper in this field as it has both knowledge and technology for undertaking research in this area. With medical field making rapid moves researchers are opting for advanced techniques which can help in targeting the root cause of the diseases rather than just treatment of the symptoms and in this respect stem cell research is gaining a stronger position. One questions which is troubling my mind is if India emerges as a hub for stem cell research how will it handle the sensitive topics such as cloning and breeding of human cells. Via prminds