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    Need facts on (embryonic) stem cell research

    I thought I remembered reading a post by Dr. Young explaining why it's necessary to study embryonic stem cells and why doing so is not "killing babies" but I can't find it now.

    Can anyone find that post for me or give me an intelligent sounding, yet simple explanation for me to share with other people?

    In one of my classes last week, our instructor gave an explanation of partial birth abortion and linked that to stem cells while giving her opinion that it should be illegal. She never said "fetal stem cells" or any other specific type. She said that stem cells can come from other things like umbilical cords, so it wasn't necessary to get them from babies.

    I managed to request that she clarify she was not speaking of embryonic stem cells, but I was so emotional and my heart was beating so fast that that's all I could get out and still had to go cry in the bathroom afterwards because of the way the info was presented. So now I'm afraid that my entire class thinks that stem cell research = partial birth abortion. And now I see why so many people are against it if this is how they get their information. I tried explaining to friends afterwards that it's not even an embryo yet, but I was still too upset to say much of anything coherent and I admit that while it makes sense when I read about it, I'm not good at explaining the science of it to other people. But I would like to now try to educate those willing to learn the facts about stem cell research, particularly embryonic.

    Thank you!!

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    Stem cells. These are cells that can make many different kinds of cells, as well as themselves. There are many types of stem cells
    1. Embryonic stem cells. These are cells that are derived from blastocysts, a very early stage of development that occurs during the first two weeks after fertilization. A blastocyst is a small ball that contains about 200-300 stem cells. The blastocyst is pre-embryonic. A developing fertilized egg becomes an "embyro" only after a midline appears. This usually occurs shortly after implantation of the egg into the uterus and a "primitive streak" develops. So, the term "embryonic stem cells" is a misnomer. They should be called "pre-embryonic stem cells".
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    I love Wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyansWife View Post
    Thank you! I also just found this that I think will be helpful:

    http://www.cirm.ca.gov/StemCellBasic...tions#Abortion
    Good one!
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    Arg....I posted on my personal facebook page and also my husband's support page. I'm frustrated. But also glad that some people have "backed me up."

    If anybody would like to chime in (I wish I could think of ways to make things more clear!) please feel free:

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?sav...!/ryanclausing

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