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There are two types of stem cells: adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cell research is decades old and has shown the efficacy of stem cell treatment for autoimmune diseases, heart disease, leukemia, and cancer. Adult stem cells are harvested from blood, brain, or skin tissue, body fat, and living bone marrow, as well as umbilical cord blood and placental tissue. For Christians left and right the matter is settled, not a matter of controversy. Adult stem cells are good, and research should continue, perhaps accelerate. However, there is major controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells, those harvested from human embryos in a process that entails destruction of the embryo.

Pro-abortion groups, drug and research companies, and others support the research. ...

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