Stem Cell Research

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“If mending a broken heart is said to be a particularly difficult mission, then why don’t we just grow a new one instead.” Scientists in the United States have recently successfully formed a fully functioning heart with the help of a couple of miracle cells known as stem cells, an act which has been thought of as imaginary, turned out to be within our reach. Mankind now possesses the cure to approximately 58 million people with various cardiovascular diseases, and that’s only one of the numerous astonishing gifts that stem cells have yet to offer. The journey towards this long awaited remedy has begun a couple of years back with almost a thousand scientists from all around the globe who have decided to devote the rest of their career in pursuit of any kind of treatment that can uplift all human beings, and bring hope to those who have suffered any kind of physical injury that could have caused them to give up on their dreams. Stem cells were initially detected in a four-day old embryo, which contains a ball of approximately 30 cells. Those cells will later on grow, divide, and then differentiate to make all kinds of different cells that control diverse functions in the human body. For example, some of them will become Brain Cells, which are considered to be the most important and most fragile cells in our body, control every movement, action, and thought we perform. Others convert to Muscle Cells, or White Blood Cells which perform different critical operations in our body. This great ability astonished scientists and made them think of the implications of using such powerful cells in medicine. To add to their happiness, these “Embryonic Stem Cells” had another critical ability; their capability of maintaining their full potenti... ... middle of paper ... ...ike if, for instance, we were able to inject stem cells in various organs and finally fabricate a cure for cancer, or if spinal injuries caused by cruel accidents disappeared. We are looking at a future where life would finally truly be a good one. Works Cited Goldstein, L & Schneider, M. (2010). “Stem Cells for Dummies.” Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Applications of Stem Cell Research. Board on Life Sciences, National Research Council. Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine. “Stem Cells and The Future of Regenerative Medicine”. Jha, A. “Tissue Engineering”, The Guardian. Web. Monday 14 January 2008. . Avasthi, A. “National Geographic News”. Web. August 27, 2008. .

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