Stem Cell Research Stem cell research has always had an interesting history with a lot of debate and controversy. In the 1800s, it was discovered that cells are basically building blocks of life and many of them have the ability to produce other cells (Murnaghan). Scientists have made many attempts to fertilize mammalian eggs outside the human body and a significant discovery was made about some cells having the ability to produce blood cells. In 1968, the first bone marrow transplant took place, which successfully treated two siblings with imunodeficiency (Murnaghan). Stem Cell research has made very profound impacts on society over that last fifty years.
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The Controversy of Stem Cell Research One of the most controversial topics these days is Stem Cell Research. There seems to be a split opinion among societies about the research and whether it is socially and morally acceptable. As a society, we need to open our minds to the possibility of broadening our scientific horizons with stem cell research, and take the time to learn and understand whatever we can about it. There are a lot of people who don't know exactly what Stem Cell Research is which contributes to why a lot of people seem so against it. Stem Cell Research can best be described as taking a stem cell, 'a primitive type of cell that can be coaxed into developing into most of the 220 types of cells found in the human body'(Robinson).
Stem cells are one of the wonders of the universe. These cells are the building blocks of our bodies, and cannot only self-replicate almost infinitely, certain stem cells can also become or produce almost any cell type, depending on the circumstances and environment. Although there are risks and controversies, the medical benefits of stem cells are unparalleled by any other medical technology available today, and the field of research is one of the most promising of our time.
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