April 26, 2011
Is Stem Cell Research Good or Bad?
Stem cell research is a very complex subject. “Stem cells hold great potential for developing therapies to treat a wide range of human diseases. Already in clinical use is blood stem cell transplant, known well as bone marrow transplant therapy for the treatment of patients with certain types of blood diseases and cancers. The discovery of stem cells in various adult tissues, stem cells plasticity, and human embryonic stem cells bring excitement and opportunities” (Encyclopedia of Science and Technology). The rulers of society do not see any money in curing the masses, only treating us. Bone marrow transplants have been done for many years to treat many problems with blood. When asked the question “Is stem cell research good or bad?” One must examine the detailed explanation of stem cells, the support for the research, and the opposing party’s views. There are many types of stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are from potential human beings, making this type the most controversial. They can be turned in to any type of tissue, which means they have the greatest potential for curing diseases. According to Stem Cell Information website by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a stem cell is “a cell that has the ability to divide (self-replicate) for indefinite periods—often throughout the life of the organism. Under the right conditions, or given the right signals, stem cells can give rise (differentiate) to the many different cell types that make up the organism. That is, stem cells have the potential to develop into mature cells that have characteristic shapes and specialized functions, such as heart cells, skin cells, or nerve cells” (The Stem Cell). Stem cells can be separated in to groups Totipotent, Pluripotent, and Multipotent. The types of stem cells can better be described by Rich Deem in stem cell research/ cloning:...
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