Striking a Nerve

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The study of stem cell research prevails as a wonderful discovery that has had a large effect on today’s medicine. Unfortunately, the usage of these cells remains very controversial and the funding for research has many limits. However, most people don’t realize that the medical benefits can give greater potential for a better quality of life. The limited amount of government funds for stem cell research impairs the enhancement of a great amount of progress that has shown and may continue in stem cell development. Through the help of Doctors and Scientist’s imagination and innovation, the multitude of benefits and advancements in stem cell research has shown to prevail greatly over the various unceasing disputes concerning stem cell research. Stem cells have the potential to enhance the chance of treatment or possibly even a cure for the overabundance of diseases known around us. Each one contains many intriguing and unique qualities. They manage to divide on their own, last long periods of time, and transform into various cell types. These cells can perform all three of these functions, while still maintaining all the characteristics of a normal cell (“Stem Cells 101”).Each cell utilizes their ability to differentiate to the fullest extent, particularly to repair damaged body tissue or create new cells. Two types of stem cells used include, embryonic and adult. Both hold great features, but only embryonic cells have the capability of fully repairing tissue, and becoming any cell. Whereas adult cells do not have as much flexibility differentiating, and become limited in their transforming abilities. This research brings to surface many moral and ethical issues. Any debate consists of two sides, but in the case of stem cells some... ... middle of paper ... ...Cells also contribute appreciably to Science (Murnaghan). As previously stated, Embryonic Cells promise to become nearly any cell type, however recent studies prove adult cells may have the capability to differentiate to a cell with specialized cell types. Adult Cells overcome embryonic cells greatly when it comes to a patient’s immune system. First, the adult stem cells identify the patient’s cells then it becomes isolated, grown and finally replanted into the patient. The patient’s immune system isn’t susceptible to rejection because of their own cell type. The same process happens when using embryonic cells, except in order to prevent immune rejection powerful immune suppressing drugs are required. When using these harmful agents, patients become receptive to existing diseases in the hospital, or increase their chances of getting a disease from the inserted cell.
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