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The Stem Cell Divide

produced by Triumph Documentaries
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
The use of embryonic stem cells for medical research is an issue that has unleashed passionate political controversy nationwide. Many conservative religious groups oppose it on the grounds that using embryonic stem cells involves destroying a life at its earliest stage. Researchers and doctors working with embryonic stem cells, specifically with the Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) procedure, insist that those early stem cells are not human life. The researchers contend that they would never use the DNA in the stem cells to create human life -- only to conduct biomedical research that they hope will lead to cures for such maladies as cancer, Parkinson s disease, Alzheimer s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and spinal cord injuries. Embryonic stem cells offer much hope for medical advancement because of their ability to grow into almost any kind of cell and replicate any organ in the body. This documentary looks at one state, Missouri, as the state senate deals with contentious legislation introduced to eliminate altogether SCNT, the most promising form of stem cell research. This film culminates with a ballot initiative campaign to approve an amendment to the Missouri constitution that would protect all forms of stem cell research that are allowed by the federal government. The documentary explores both sides of the issue and challenges assumptions as it shows the passions and principles of patients, advocates, politicians, scientists and religious leaders. It shows how the political process works in a democracy.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
59 min.
Language
English
Rating
For College; Adult audiences
Series
Filmakers Library Online
Published
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2010.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (59 min.)
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