The Controversy Of Stem Cell Research

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Stem cell research, like any other miracle medical advancement has experienced its controversies; but for countless people in numerous ways, stem cells truly have proven to be a miracle. To start off, the treatments developed from stem cells are plentiful and useful for many illnesses that resulted in fatality prior to this medical breakthrough. Lymphoma, a common blood cancer which infects the lymphatic system, is diagnosed, along with a few other blood cancers, every 3 minutes. These specific blood cancers are expected to contribute to 9.6 percent of all cancer fatalities in 2015 (7). Fortunately, those suffering from progressive lymphoma and undergoing stem cell treatment are 20 percent more likely to survive than those suffering from progressive lymphoma and undergoing other forms treatments (6). This is only one of the major contributions of stem cell treatments coming from adult stem cells, more specifically, bone marrow. Another commonly used treatment evolving from stem cells is the curing of companion animals with stem cells from adipose fat. These cells have been placed in joints of horses to repair the cartilage, which can significantly prolong a horse’s life (Riordan, 2015). Furthermore, lymphoma treatments in humans and cartilage treatments in horses are only a few of the applications of stem cells currently being implemented. Research shows that these little cells could potentially aid in treating or even curing degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease (Riordan, 2015). Now that it is clear how beneficial these cells can be, the science and ethics behind this controversial breakthrough is vital to understanding these miraculous cells in full detail. Overall, two broa... ... middle of paper ... ...considered murder. Obviously, this presents a huge moral conflict for anyone of these religions (5). Even if the benefits of life for an adult were to outweigh the death of a brand new, tiny human, breaking technology has recently discovered a process that changes adult stem cells to cells like embryonic. It is known as induced pluripotent stem cells which act very similarly to embryonic cells. According to leading scientists, these could ultimately eliminate the need for human embryonic cells (5). Even if these facts did not seem like enough of an argument against them, science is still years away from being able to utilize any embryonic cells in medicine (California, 2015). With all the scientific advancements in adult stem cells and the problems surrounding embryonic stem cells, it would be impossible to miss the benefits of stem cells and/or support embryonic use.
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