Because stem cells are unspecialized, they can replace any cell in any part of the body, so as to have a cure for many diseases. There are strong arguments torward both sides of the debate, and stem cell research deserves much more attention from the public than it is getting, for it has a chance to cure many diseases; however, it is inhumane, and there are a few, weak, possible solutions to fix this problem. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that divide into different cell types. (Stem cell - about). For many years, scientists have been researching stem cells to see how they can treat different health issues, such as causes and cures for birth defects, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis (Stem Cells - diseases).
Henrietta lacks was sentenced to death with that cancer, yet her cancer had cells were found to be immortal. Great profits made from this without her ever knowing. Doctors found it wasnt worth telling her since at that time there wasn't any obligations or laws specifying about taking DNA without consent. While she thought she wasn't being cured she was actually just being used, although created a breakthrough in science which changed it forever. After dying her family started understanding what cells were and started to see how the doctors and companies took advantage of her.
I thought that it was sad that HeLa cells gave so much to everyone else, yet the Lackses did not reap any benefits that came from HeLa cells. Health Professionals were making millions of dollars by selling HeLa cells, yet the family of the person who contributed those cells could not even afford medical insurance. Any of the doctors or researchers could have easily set up a fund for Henrietta’s family given all that Henrietta’s cells did for them and the field of medical research in general. The health professionals took advantage of the fact that the Lackses lacked higher education and an understanding of what was happening to Henrietta’s cells. If the family had knowledge of the profits the researchers were making, they could have fought for rights to portions of them and used them to better their
Stem cell research continues to grow despite all the controversy about the topic. The controversy about stem cell research is an ongoing thing that has been transpiring for many years. Stem cell research is the use of relatively new technology that takes primitive human cells and develops them into 220 varieties of cells in the human body, including blood cells and brain cells (Reaves). There are many scientists that believe stem cells from human embryos could hold the key to the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and cloning. However, the plan to progress in this research hasn’t exactly gone according to plan.
Yet another discovery that scientists and doctors are anticipating is the cloning of cells and tissues. If doctors can take healthy cells and tissue from a patient’s body and use them to make organs, the chance that the body would reject the organ is drastically reduced, if not eliminated. This would undoubtedly increase the survival rate of patients undergoing organ transplants. With continued research in cloning procedures, scientists predict they will be able to find a cure for cancer by learning how to switch cells on and off. An increasing amount of people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and a cure for this dreadful disease is long past due.
Twenty-first century health care system in United States is not only complex, but also profoundly different from "what it used to be." The changes are numerous and represent the major shifts involved in moving from protection and delivery plan, based primarily on what the patient wanted, to a skeptically managed healthcare system. The American health care system has seen drastic changes within couple generations and it continues to evolve. Over the years the medical field has always brought together the best and brightest of society to help those in need. From treating cancer and delivering babies to dealing with heart attacks, doctors have developed technology and improved techniques.
Through the past several years many scientist have insisted on the promotion of embryonic stem cell research. However, the acceptance from the public was not what they had expected to see. Many people augured that embryonic stem cell research was pointless and had little affect except that it was killing potential human beings. Once doctors and the medical field jumped on board, it received more respect and less argument, although argument was still there. Doctors were starting to see what embryonic stem cell research could bring to the modern day and even with the public opinion they continued to stay committed to the research.
With ongoing studies and experiments, cloning is beginning to be thought of as the next large medical advancement. Scientists believe that cloning is the future cure for all the world’s ailments. The average person carries eight defective genes which contribute to health problems. Cloning will be able to prevent and cure many of the major diseases that are a leading cause in death each year. However, many people have negative attitudes towards cloning because they believe that scientists will clone full humans and harvest the necessary bodily organs and tissues when needed.
The idea soon influenced medicine, the idea of strengthening the healthy cells and isolating them from the unhealthy ones. The simple idea Darwin discovered had changed medicine as a whole. Today, doctors and scientists are able to manipulate genes in order to create new treatments and cures. Today, Darwin’s discovery changed and saved millions of lives around the world. Despite the fact that genetic engineering can have a negative impact on society, it was an important discovery due to the advancement in conventional medicine.
Henrietta Lacks decision to seek care for her cervical cancer unknowingly designated her as arguably the single greatest contribution to science and medicine. After the realization that human cells had finally been successfully harvested and reproduced, Dr. Gey immediately distributed the cells and his methodology to anyone who asked. As the explosion of research on HeLa cells swept across the scientific community many of Dr. Gey's colleagues urged him to publish or patent cells to take credit for his for work but his dedication to the work rather than the credit prevented him from doing much publishing if any at all. The implica... ... middle of paper ... ...through society and enacting that awareness as a vehicle for change we are left to repeat these same injustices. Henrietta's cells gave society the ability to cure diseases, fight cancer, vaccinate children, and by leaps and bounds further our knowledge of biology at large.