The Controversy Surrounding Stem-cell Research

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Stem-cell research is a complex subject. First of all you need to know there are three main categories of stem cells. Embryonic, Fetal and Adult; not everyone is for or against all of these types. There are different sets on pros and cons to each of these types and I will address a few for each type. I believe the pros outweigh the cons in each of these and stem cell research is very beneficial for medical purposes. The term ‘stem cell research was first used by gist Alexander Maksimov, a Russian histologist in 1908. His postulate was made in Berlin at the congress of hematological society and proposed the existence of haematopoietic stem cells. Most was quiet in the way of stem cell research until the 1960s when Altman and Das present evidence of ongoing stem cell activity in the brain called neurogenesis. Their research is widely ignored because it contradicts Cajal’s ‘no new neutrons’ theory. Since then discoveries have been being made increasingly often. Treating SCID with bone marrow transplants, the discovery of stem cells in cord blood, and curing leukemia are only a few of ...

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