November 13, 2013
A Better Future for Tomorrow
The field of human genetics has been a “hot topic” since the 1950’s when James Watson and Francis Crick first discovered the basic structure of DNA (“Human Genetics”). Stem cells are found in humans and animals that have distinctive properties. They are the building blocks of life simply put. They have the ability to divide and reproduce themselves for a long period at a time. Stem cell research is a very controversial topic, and for a good reason. Many people think of the scientific community destroying human embryos, (pluripotent stem cells) when they think of stem cell research. This is why the FDA, Food and Drug administration need to patent the stem cell. This would give the public the scientific evidence they need to do the research for themselves. So many people navigate toward the stem cell research because they have incurable diseases. If stem cell research is patented it would allow for the proper funding to start, and help the public make educated decisions on the treatments and risk they think best for themselves.
Stem cells are routinely classified into two categories multipotent stem cells, and pluripotent stem cells. Pluripotent come from donated embryos, and these stem cells have the ability to divide, and the ability to develop into all types of the body’s cells; organs, lungs, heart, and skin. Another stem cell research is multipotent; adult stem cells from skin, these have the ability to form many of the body’s cell types, but not all of them (US Food). The FDA should start making laws and regulations for the adult stem cell research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have complied information on stem cells themselves, the areas in which they have used them, and protocols used for obtaining, growing, manipulating, and transplanting them (“Stem Cells”). This is exciting information, and a great starting point for the FDA to have an idea about what research...
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