The Pros And Cons Of Stem Cell Research

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There has been much controversy on Stem Cell research over the years. Pro-life Activist and scientist have been at each other’s throats over this topic for too long. The controversy is that we should not be destroying the potential of human life to save others; researchers believe that there is another way, However there is not enough funding to support such a project and using stem cell research has showed successful turn outs. When I was first introduced to the term Stem cells i had a certain curiosity to learn more about them. As I would learn more and more about stem cells I would find it fascinating the way modern medical science and biology where using them to help research. Stem cells are cells that haven't specialized in what kind of cell they are going to become. Stem cells not only have the ability to make more stem cells but also can become any type of cell. There are two types of stem cells. Embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are restricted in the number and cell type where as embryonic stem cells have no restrictions. These calls can become anything from a nerve cell to a blood cell. This causes Stem cells to be an important tool in research in the biology and medical fields. Essentially stem cells can help us learn more about cells and how they are formed, and how they can be used in new drugs and treatments for disses. Although the U.S. puts restrictions on stem cell funding and use. Stem cells have the ability to cure and treat disses and make new discoveries in both the biological and medical fields. (Douglas A. Melton)

Stem cell research is a vital part in discovering new drugs and medications. These drugs and medications can help cure and treat many different people with many different disses. Embryonic Stem cells have the ability to become any functioning cell in the human body. Liver cells,nerve cells, pancreatic cells, and many more can be replaced with new ones. To get these embryonic stem cells the destruction on a fetus happens. A lot of people think it is morally wrong to use embryonic stem cells due to the destruction of the fetus witch was a human life. the main argument to this is that every living thing deserves the chance to live. this is also relates to abortion, being the place where the research labs get the fetus is abortion clinics. Some people would go to say is against the bible and "god". That it is wrong to take these embryonic stem cells and the life of a fetus. What people don't understand is that this tiny living creature with no concept of reality can save lives of others and benefit the medical research. In Lenzer's article she talks about a girl who sickle cell anemia "hereditary disease that has haunted her since infancy. Most common among people of African descent, the disorder causes oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which are normally flexible and round, to become rigid and take on a crescent (or sickle) shape. Sickle cells have trouble squeezing through fine blood vessels to deliver oxygen to the body's tissues and organs. Instead they clump and choke off blood flow, causing intense pain as bits of lung, bone, brain, and kidney succumb to a lack of oxygen. Those with the disease die slowly, over years." (Lenzer Jeanne) In a desperate attempt to end this disses they did a stem cell transplant to wipe out the bone marrow that produced the sick cells and use the stem cells to make new normal blood.(Lenzer Jeanne). That transplant saved her life, the use of stem cells saved her life.

Stem cells have two important characteristics: they are able to renew themselves for long periods of time and they are not specified in what type of cell they will become. (Luciana Machado). Embryonic stem cells have proved to be a vital source over the years and continue to become important in curing disses and making advancements in the medical field. "The isolation of human embryonic stem cells was reported for the first time in 1998. Since then, the