Stem Cell Research

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Stem Cell Research In light of the continued advancement of technology and research in the medical field, there have been some groundbreaking developments that have been heralded as indications that scientific research can produce remarkable results when it is integrated with technology. Since the turn of the 20th century, major breakthroughs like the discovery of DNA and the development of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS have been cited as the reason why scientific research especially in the medical field must be supported. Research on Stem cell has been particularly singled out as a new avenue for prolonging life and alleviating diseases, but just like all scientific research developments it has come with its fair share of controversy. (Prentice, 1998). Stem cells can be categorized as biological cells that exist in all organisms; they are capable of self-renewal and divide and differentiated to form new cells. They are divided into two major categories: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. This paper scrutinizes the pros and cons of stem cell research, with special prominence on embryonic stem cell study. Arguments For Treatment of Diseases Embryonic stem cells have been cited as having the capability to grow into any kind of cells, for instance bone marrow cells or brain cells. They have the potential to renew themselves and as a result can be used to develop therapies for various kinds of diseases. Some of the ailments which can be treated or whose effects can reduced through the use of embryonic stem cells include cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke and heart diseases. This is often mentioned by scientists and proponents of embryonic stem cell investigation as a valid reason to... ... middle of paper ... ...d therefore I am of the opinion that embryonic stem cell research and stem cell research in general are not really worth the time money and other resources dedicated to them. There are more pressing issues that can be solved with that time or money, and therefore stem cell research can take a back seat for some time; we can come back to it later. Works Cited Coppo, Terence. (1996). Reproductive Technology: A Research Guide To The Legal Status Of The Frozen Human Embryo. New York: William S. Hein & Co., Inc. Prentice, David. (1998). The Real Promise Of Stem Cell Research. London: Randall Press. Dubois, William. (2004). The Fallacy Behind Stem Cell Research: What You Do Not Know. Chicago: SUNY Press. Kellman, Laurie. (2001). Embryonic Stem Cell Research Vs Adult Stem Cell Research: An Insight Into The Field Of Stem Cell Research. Boston: Routledge Press.

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