Stem Cell Research: The Final Cure

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2036 words
2036 words

Stem Cell Research – The Final Cure What kind of research sparks a battle between religious-ethics, political, and scientific theories and beliefs? What makes you question right or wrong, moral or immoral, good or bad? The answer is stem cell research. So what is a stem cell? “Stem cells… are in effect, a human self-repair kit.” (Christopher Reeve, activist Larry King, CNN) Stem cells are cells that exist in an undifferentiated state, and can transform into any of the 220 types of cells that exist in our body. Stem cells have the ability to repair many classes of damaged human tissues without the fear of tissue rejection. There are two types of stem cells but the most promising are the embryonic stem cells- labeled as today’s Pandora’s box. These cells have to be obtained from a human embryo; which will ultimately kill it. Do stem cells come at high price? Yet is the price well worth the saved lives? In today’s world, stem cell development continues to rapidly grow through research, which has elucidated its benefits and potential that holds the key to overcoming the controversy surrounding it. So what exactly are stem cells? Stems cells are undifferentiated types of cells, which mean that they have the capacity to renew themselves. Their ability to differentiate into other cells is an unlimited process that can be found in all different tissues and organs. Stem cells serve as a “repairing system” for the body. Stem cells can divide without any limits to cure other dead cells (Lindsay 35). The stem cell must first become part of a group of cells designed for certain tissues, then more specific differentiation kicks in (Scott 2006). Cells are given a signal to differentiate by genes, which create proteins that act as messen... ... middle of paper ... ...ings, and in the same way. Just as acorns are potential oaks, human embryos are potential human beings (Lindsay 37). Along with results, the question remains; is it right to take a life to save a life? How can anyone say no to finding a cure for deadly diseases like, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Heart diseases, Diabetes, Birth Defects, and Cancers? With stem cell research, the possibilities are endless. Yes! There needs to be more research done. There are still many technological advances to be made in the area of stem cells before they can be used. In order for all these advances to take place, we need government funding, not personal differences and gains. Despite the argument of the ethical issue, political and religious, along with scientific, stem cell research is opening a new door in medical science that will change the world and the lives of everyone forever.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that stem cell research sparks a battle between religious-ethics, political, and scientific theories and beliefs.
  • Explains that stem cells are undifferentiated types of cells that have the capacity to renew themselves and can be found in all different tissues and organs.
  • Explains that embryonic stem cells are totipotent, which means they can become human if attached to the uterus.
  • Explains that the induced pluripotent stem cell (ips) is a cell reprogrammed from adult stem cells. however, there are still issues to be overcome before ips cells can be substituted for true embryonic stems.
  • Explains the main driving force behind the conflict of stem cells is their origin. they argue that research only "potentially" saves lives.
  • Explains that stem cells are an extremely controversial issue with the divided political parties of the united states standing on either side.
  • Explains that the religious part of the debate is also based on the ethics of stem cells.
  • Opines that stem cell research is a mere "hope" that has no concrete evidence of success and will bear no fruit in the future. there are real risks involving stem cells.
  • Explains that stem cells are the "miracle cure" for many diseases, such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and parkinson's. many trials have already been completed that prove their potency.
  • Argues that stem cell research has the power to cure human diseases, improve human life, and save lives.
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