Stem Cell Success or Moral Dilemma

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“Stem cell research saved my life!” For some this is true, and for others it's a moral infringement. For many religious groups this has been a very controversial, unethical way for scientist to commit murder in the name of science. On the contrary for those riddled with diseases it's a chance at a new life. Scientist have come so far over the last few decades in their research, if we now stopped researching stem cell therapy, it would be an enfeeblement to medical technology. It is very important that we find a happy medium for both sides of this controversial matter so that we may continue to explore cure options. Most wonder how can regenerative stem therapies help heal patients? Has Japanese scientist Haruko Obokata found the answer to ethical stem cell replication (Connor)? And how can we satisfy the religious communities on this topic? Some may ask “What are stem cells?” Little knowledge of this form of cellular therapy is why it's commonly misunderstood. In brief, the historical time line of stem cell research is very progressive. Since the early 1800's stem cells were considered the building blocks for human life and proved to reproduce other cells. Stem cell therapy is the process of regenerating human cells and restoring the organs normal function (“Regenerative”). Stem cell research dates back to the early 1920's. In 1928 doctors made several failed attempts to transplant fetal pancreas cells into diabetes patients but the research still continued (Stem). According to Harvard Stem Cell Institute there are an estimated 800 lines of stem cells around the world (Interlandi). Stem cells are categorized by their potential to differentiate into other cell types. The classifications are as follows: Totipotent- the ability... ... middle of paper ... ...em cells basics: Introduction.” NIH. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002. Web. 12 February 2014. Watson, Stephanie and Craig Freudenrich. “Stem cell controversy.” How stem cells work. Discovery, n.d. Web. 12 February 2014. Murnaghan, Ian. “History of stem cell research.” Explore stem cells. MSC, 2014. Web. 12 February 2014. “Regenerative Medicine.” Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide. AABB, 2014. Web. 19 February 2014. Interlandi, Jeneen. “Getting It Right on Stem Cells.” Scientific American. N.p., 1 October 2010. Web. 23 February 2014. “Patient Stories: Hope for stem cell research.” California's Stem Cell Agency. CIRM, n.d. Web. 23 February 2014. “FRC: praises California, Maryland for Shifting Focus on Ethical Stem Cell Research.” PRNEWSWIRE.PR News wire Association, LLC, 2014. Web. 24 February 2014.
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