The Importance of Stem Cell Research

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Fatal diseases have been the cause of death for a large percent of the human race. About 5.8 million Americans have heart failure, 670,000 people are diagnosed with it each year, 23.6 million have diabetes, and one million live with Parkinson’s disease (Watson, Stephanie, and Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D). Diseases such as above kill off important cells that reproduce rapidly to help the body function normally. Well, what alternatives does one have to turn to when the time clock runs out for all cells, resulting in death. Stem cell usage is a second chance given that doesn’t set death as an essential from these fatal diseases. Stem cell research is an unaware issue to society that could possibly be the antidote to saving lives, and to others who are familiar with the research is a controversial issue on how things are done in the laborites. Notifying correct explanations of what stem cell research is, how it affects people’s views , and its place in the medical field will hopefully gain support from others on the topic. Stem cells serve as the body’s repair system by renewing themselves and replenishing more specialized cells in the body(University of Kansas). Stem cells can be inserted and used for any type of cell function the body tells the cells to develop. Which then, the stem cells take place of the original dying cells--caused by fatal diseases-- that can not produce anymore offspring’s of their selves. The new stem cells then regenerated the cells in the system, curing the disease. Stem cells are injected through a hallow needle into the body area which they are needed. Stem cells can come from two different types of rescores‘. The major categories that they are classified as are embryonic and adult stem cells. Embryon... ... middle of paper ... .... 2011. http://www.2facts.com/article/s1300020. Stem Cell Basics . In Stem Cell Information. StemCells.nih.gov. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009. Monday, February 07, 2011. Siegel, Andrew, "Ethics of Stem Cell Research", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), . 07, February 2011. Mayo Clinic staff. “Stem Cell Transplant.” 10, June 2010. Mayoclinic.com. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stem-cell-transplant/MY00089/DSECTION=why-its-done. 07, February 2011. The University of Kansas Medical Center. “Stem Cell Research 101.” May 25, 2005. Kumc.edu . Http://www.kumc.edu/stemcell/intro.html. 07, February 2011.

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