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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem Cell Research CHRISOPHER REEVE-'don't let his death be in vain' The actor Christopher Reeve has died of heart failure in hospital in New York on Sunday, at the age of 52. Reeve was one of the most famous supporters of stem cell research. Most of will not have even heard of stem cell research until Reeve began to champion its cause. Not only did Reeves battle paralysis but also the Bush administration which, he believed, had "dropped the ball" on stem-cell research - a form of technology, which could one day provide a cure for people with spinal injuries, like Reeve's What is a stem cell....   [tags: Papers]

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Embryonic Stem-cell Research - A True Faustian Bargain

- Embryonic Stem-cell Research - A True Faustian Bargain       In the debate over whether the federal government should fund embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR), our country is being offered a true Faustian bargain. In return for a hoped-for potential - it is no more than that - of deriving desperately desired medical breakthroughs in the treatment of such afflictions as Parkinson's disease, paraplegia, and diabetes, we are being asked to give the nation's imprimatur to reducing human life into a mere natural resource to be exploited and commodified....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The Government should NOT Fund Stem Cell Research

- The Government should NOT Fund Stem Cell Research Stem cells look to be nothing more than a hollow sphere composed of a clump of tiny, roundish balls. In reality, they are much more than that. Those 40 cells contain all the potential to become a living, breathing human being. Many scientists believe that these cells also have the potential to cure a myriad of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and many others. The cells of the four day old human embryo can be programmed to become virtually any cell in the body making them a very valuable commodity....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem Cell Research Extraordinary advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases is believed, by many experts, to lie behind the curtain of stem cell research. Very few other areas of research have received this much attention from the media, political leaders and various groups and organizations from around the nation. The responsiveness to this issue has been incredible because of the potential of these studies as well as the most controversial aspect of the research; the embryonic stem cell....   [tags: Essays Papers Biology Science]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem Cells Few scientific issues in recent years have managed to draw as much attention, both scientific and otherwise, than stem cell research. I was first introduced to the term ‘stem cells’ when I was in high school, and since then, I have had a keen interest in the direction science is taking them. When considering medical research as a whole, stem cells appear to have the makings of a 21st century medical revolution a la discovery of antibiotics . The open-ended nature of stems cells has been recognized by many in the community who see these cells as the golden key for curing and ameliorating many degenerative diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease, as well as acci...   [tags: Research Papers Science Biology Essays]

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Stem Cell Research and a Ban on Human Cloning

- Stem Cell Research and a Ban on Human Cloning   Some biotechnology companies claim that a ban on producing human embryos through cloning would stall important research in generating "stem cells" to cure a variety of diseases [Cong. Record, 2/5/98, S425]. To put this claim in perspective:   1. Cloning is desired as a source of "customized stem cell lines" which would be an exact genetic match to each individual patient with a given disease. But this would require each individual patient to undergo somatic cell nuclear transfer to produce one or many living human embryos who genetically are the patient's identical twin sisters or brothers....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem Cell Research      The topic of stem cell research does not affect me so much at the moment. It might in the future, but for now it does not. I do believe that stem cell research should be used for cloning organs that will be used for organ transplants. I do not however think that parents should place the doctors on pedestals just because these “mad scientists” supposedly have the power of God.      The topic of heated debate does intrigue me, but not to the point as to where I would make a career of it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem Cell Research - Embryonic Stem Cell Use Controversial Despite the strong consensus in America against creating embryos to destroy them, those actually involved in embryo research no longer see any serious ethical problem in it. Now the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) says that ASRM's ethical guidelines permit the creation of human embryos to destroy them. Some even argue that such research is morally superior to the use of "spare" embryos, because the egg and sperm donors understand from the beginning what the embryos will be used for....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Lab Creates Human Embryos for Stem Cell Research

- Lab Creates Human Embryos for Stem Cell Research NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Scientists at Eastern Virginia Medical School have created human embryos from donated eggs and sperm for the sole purpose of harvesting embryonic stem cells for research, according to a study published Wednesday. Until now, researchers had derived embryonic stem cells from embryos left over from infertility treatments. Other researchers have derived adult stem cells from sources such as fat cells and bone marrow, although scientists say these types of stem cells are not as useful as embryonic stem cells....   [tags: Papers]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem cells show potential for many different areas of health and medical research, and studying them can help us understand how they transform into the dazzling array of specialized cells that make us what we are. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are caused by problems that occur somewhere in this process. A better understanding of normal cell development will allow us to understand and perhaps correct the errors that cause these medical conditions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Complex Moral Issue of Stem Cell Research

- The Complex Moral Issue of Stem Cell Research Works Cited Missing For Sale: One small miracle in a bassinet. Will cure AIDS, cancer, acne, possibly bad breath and athletes foot. Limited supply only, so call and reserve your miracle cure now, a.k.a. Human Fetus. Only a couple of years ago the ad above would have seemed like something from a science fiction novel. However, now the pages of that novel are coming to life. In 1998, James Thompson, a biology student from the University of Wisconsin, isolated the first embryonic stem cell....   [tags: Biology Biological Essays]

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Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research

- Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research Myth: "Human life begins in the womb, not the Petri dish" Reality: Actually, it usually begins in the fallopian tube, but it can also begin in a Petri dish. The testimony of modern science is clear on this point: "At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun." Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Stem Cell Research is Illegal, Immoral and Unnecessary

- Stem Cell Research is Illegal, Immoral and Unnecessary   President Bush's limited federal funding of research relying on the destruction of human embryos violates federal statutory law. Christians have grieved for many years over the assault on unborn human life set loose upon our nation by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Even that decision, however, did not affect all areas of law where lawmakers seek to protect developing human life. Because they are not covered by the Court's theory of reproductive privacy, human embryos outside the womb may be fully protected by law - and at least nine states have acted to protect these embryos from lethal experiments....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- For some people it's an experience, for some people it's a person, and for some people it's a cause, but whatever the reason is, people become opinionated on issues that they believe to be right. In June of 2007, about two weeks after the seniors graduated from High School, my eighteen year old sister was diagnosed with a very rare form of cervical cancer called clear cell carsinoma. Throughout my whole life, I never thought that anything tragic could happen to my family, those kind of things only happened to people in movies or people whom you see on the news....   [tags: Biology Medical Biomedical]

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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

- Stem Cells Abstract There are now other means of extracting stem cells rather than aborting fetuses. Scientists have discovered alternative means; such as certain unspecialized cells found in bone marrow, as well as umbilical cord blood and rare but unique skin cells. As we take advantage of these findings, we not only partially solve the ongoing controversy, but also broaden our knowledge of the spectrum of stem cells as well. The extraction of stem cells may cure many diseases, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s....   [tags: Medicine]

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Stem Cell Research – Developing a Cross between Species

- Ethics of Stem Cell Research – Developing a Cross between Species The idea of a chimera, a cross between species, has been around since the mythological creatures of ancient Greece, such as the centaur (a man’s torso with a horses body) and the griffin (the wings, head, and claws of an eagle and the body of a lion). Today, due to our advances in biotechnology, we are seeing this mythology become a reality, but in a different respect. Human-nonhuman animal chimeras are being developed by injecting animal blastocysts with human embryonic stem cells....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Changing Attitudes Toward Stem Cell Research

- Changing Attitudes Toward Stem Cell Research        There have been new disappointments in embryonic stem cell research since the days of euphoric endorsement of "therapeutic cloning" by the media and biotechnologists. In the past two years, initial enthusiasm over embryonic stem cells has been dampened in the scientific community by some sober realizations, even as patient groups organize public campaigns based on earlier assumptions.   These cells are not as easy to maintain in the laboratory as once thought....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Alternatives to Human-embryo Stem-cell Research

- Alternatives to Human-embryo Stem-cell Research      This essay counters the media and many scientists' claims that there are no viable alternatives to human-embryo stem-cell research (ESCR).   The media restate the claim (made repeatedly in NIH documents) that adult stem cells do not have the same potential as embryonic stem cells, which in theory can form any tissue. But studies done with adult stem cells (studies which mirror the ones done with embryonic stem cells) show that adult stem cells do have the capacity to form essentially any tissue....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Abortion, Rocked The World Of Ethics

- ... Another important discovery is the ability to use stem cells for drug testing purposes, such as medicines created to stunt the growth of cancerous tumors. Despite these achievements, one cannot help but to consider the embryo itself on the opposite side of the argument. The belief that an embryo is a potential life, so its destruction is inherently immoral, is the extreme end of the opposing view. According to Manzar, those who fall on this side of the debate view it as a disgrace to humanity on the basis that these manipulated cells are potential life....   [tags: Stem cell, Embryonic stem cell, Ethics, Stem cells]

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Embryonic Stem Cells Should NOT Be Used for Cloning

- Cloning has been an ethical and moral issue since the idea was first developed. There are many uses for investigating into this technology and many diseases that can be cured once the technology is understood. However, many of the methods in which the technology is developed and many of the uses of the technology destroy lives and only do harm. Much good can come from cloning and stem cell research, but we must be careful as to how we use this powerful technology. A stem cell is an unspecified cell that can regenerate itself and also turn into more specific types of cells that do more specific functions in the body (skin cells and blood cells for example)....   [tags: Cloning Ethic Moral Argument, stem cell research]

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Stem Cell Research - Embryonic Stem Cells Save Lives

- Embryonic Stem Cells Save Lives   Special cells that are taken from human embryos, called embryonic stem cells (ES cells), actually possess the power to save your life. These cells can serve many medical purposes and have the ability to benefit people in infinite ways. The importance of embryonic stem cells rests in their lack of specialization. These basic cells are present in the earliest stages of developing embryos and are able to develop into virtually any type of cell and tissue in the body....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essay Examples]

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Foolish to Ban the Use of Stem Cells in Research

- Foolish to Ban the Use of Stem Cells in Research      Over the last century, humanity has created an impressive biological technology.  We have crafted an arsenal of vaccines and antibiotics to defend ourselves from the microscopic world of bacteria and viruses.   We have developed the means to diagnose genetic problems, and we are developing means to treat them.  We have developed a huge number of synthetic substances to enhance human performance, and later human behavior.  We have genetically modified our food crops.  We have created human life in test tubes.  We have sequenced the human genome.  We have cloned sheep and cows.  We have begun research on a variety of stem cells...   [tags: stem cell argumentative persuasive argument]

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Differences in Cancer Stem Cell Properties in Human Colon Cancer Cell Lines HCT116 and HT29

- Summary: Background and objective. Tumor heterogeneity is shown to be related to clinical outcome in cancer patients. The concept of a small subset of cancer stem cells being responsible for tumor relapse and metastasis comes out as a promising strategy for targeted cancer therapy. However, cancer stem cells are not easy to identify and isolate. The aim of this study was to determine the putative colon cancer stem cell subsets in human colon cancer cell lines HCT116 and HT29, which differ in their aggressiveness and differentiation capacity....   [tags: tumor heterogeneity, coln cancer]

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Manipulation: Transgenic Animals

- ... It is then implanted into the uterus of the foster mother. For both methods, the foster mother, after several weeks will give birth with the offspring, creating a new individual with the gene desired. Advantages Transgenic Animals have a numerous amount of advantages and have benefited our society in the past few years both economically and medically. The most beneficial advantages of Transgenic Animals are that they produce better quality meat, milk, nutrition and wool, by doing this, they are indeed helping us economically as the better quality they are, the more expensive it will be, leading to people purchasing them....   [tags: dna, technology, embryonic stem cell]

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Is it Ethical to Clone Humans?

- Human Cloning refers to creating a genetically identical copy of an organism including its DNA. It incorporates with Asexual Reproduction tricking a somatic cell into reproducing into an embryo, which later transforms into a human clone. The ethics of cloning is an extremely controversial issue. Many disagree because of their religious manner and considering it “playing with god” while others debate it is a good idea because it assists woman who are infertile with a blessing of children. However, Human Cloning should be illegal because of its health risks, loss of gene diversity and the divisive issue; playing with God....   [tags: stem cell research, genetic engineering]

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Moral Code And Moral Standards

- As society as a whole we are most often times given a set of rules to follow. These rules or laws act as a pathway to help us choose between right and wrong. If someone were to choose the wrong path, there can be severe consequences. In the United States it is common to see jail time when we go against the set moral code. In other countries we may see forced labor or find people put to death for their actions. Each society sets it’s own rules and moral standards. But there is much more to being a moral person than following the laws of a society....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Stem cell, Rights]

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stem cell ethics

- MLA style also specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing and also provides a writers with a system for cross-referencing their sources--from their parenthetical references to their works cited page. This cross-referencing system allows readers to locate the publication information of source material. This is of great value for researchers who may want to locate your sources for their own research projects. The proper use of MLA style also shows the credibility of writers; such writers show accountability to their source material....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Finding a Cure through Regenerative Medicine: Government-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research

- Richard J. Gross a developmental biologist once said, “If there were no regeneration, there could be no life. If everything regenerated there would be no death.” In 2001 President George W. Bush banned the further funding of embryonic stem cell research. Why. Some feel that embryonic stem cell research encouraged abortion, and that by banning the federal funding for embryonic stem cell research it would lessen the rates of abortion. However, just recently President Barack Obama has reversed that law and thereby allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research....   [tags: Regenerative Medicine, Government Funding, Embryon]

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The Immorality of Cloning

- The Immorality of Cloning The cloning of animals and humans disregards the common ethics of the creation of humanity. Three types of cloning currently exist. There is therapeutic cloning, DNA cloning and reproductive cloning. Therapeutic cloning does not actually make a clone, it just makes stem cells. Stem cells are capable of becoming any type of cell that they are introduced to. For example, when a stem cell is introduced to a damaged heart, it transforms itself into a healthy heart cell. Even though stem cells might be very good for helping alleviate the pain of some diseases, the best use of stem cells is making embryos....   [tags: ethics, controversy, stem cell, science]

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Critique of Optical Cotnrol of Muscle Function by Transplantation of Stem Cell-Derived Motor Neurons in Mice

- Critique of Optical Control of Muscle Function by Transplantation of Stem Cell- Derived Motor Neurons in Mice Peripheral Nerves in the human body consist of nerves located outside the brain and spinal cord.1, 2 Nerve Damage can be responsible for over 100 peripheral nerve disorders, resulting in early symptoms such as, but are not limited to, burning, tingling, and other abnormal sensations in the hands, feet or legs.3 Damage to the Central nervous system, or Motor Neuron disease such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly degenerative, and often fatal neurological disease that targets nerve cells or neurons....   [tags: neuroscience, health research]

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Stem Cells

- Stem cells are a large focus of study in today’s biomedical world. They are cells that exist in an undifferentiated state, and transform into differing tissue types depending on what the cells surrounding them are. The different types of stem cells have the ability to repair many classes of damaged human tissue. However, only one type of stem cell promises to regenerate virtually any class of tissue. This is the highly controversial embryonic stem cell (ESC). Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the ESC....   [tags: Biology Science Stem Cell Research Essays]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research: How does it affect you?

- Embryonic Stem Cell Research: How does it affect you. Embryonic stem cell research is widely controversial in the scientific world. Issues on the ethics of Embryonic Stem (ES) cell research have created pandemonium in our society. The different views on this subject are well researched and supportive. The facts presented have the capability to support or possibly change the public’s perspective. This case study is based on facts and concerns that much of the research done on embryonic stem cells is derived from human embryos....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Federal Funds Should Be Used for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

- Are embryonic stem cells the cure to many of the human body’s ailments, including defective organs and crippling diseases, or is their use a blatant disregard of human rights and the value of life?  Thanks to the rapid advancements in this field, the potential benefits of stem cells are slowly becoming reality.  However, embryonic stem cell research is an extremely divisive topic in the United States thanks to the ethical issues surrounding terminating embryos to harvest the stem cells.  In response to this debate, Congress passed the Dickey-Wicker amendment in 1995 to prohibit federal funding of research that involved the destruction of embryos.  President Bush affirmed this decision, but...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive 2014]

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What Makes Patient Matched Implants?

- Patient matched implants are, as the name suggests, implants which are made specifically for each individual patient and application. They have a wide range of uses from knee replacement to dental reconstruction and even skull repairs. What makes Patient matched implants so unique is that they are made from scans taken of a patient’s injury, which are then used to design and construct a model which will fit the patient perfectly. This is a major benefit to the patient because it allows for shorter fitting as well as increased comfort due to the personalized design....   [tags: Stem cell, Cellular differentiation]

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Stem Cell Research: Scientific Advancement vs. Human Rights

- Introduction to Stem Cells As improvements in scientific technology and techniques allow for better observations and insights into the natural world, so to do advancements in medical research occur on a seemingly daily basis. On such research topic that has found itself the center of a global debate is the issue of stem cell research. Hailed by some as one of the most dynamic areas of research ever to exist, it is thought to be the next big “revolution” in medicine, surpassing even the advent of anesthesia and antibiotics (Towns, 2004)....   [tags: Science Biology Essays]

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Stem Cell Research - Protect Consumers from False Claims and Miracles

- Stem Cell Research - Protect Consumers from False Claims and Miracles Due to the potential therapeutic uses and the potential profit from stem cells, there has been an increased interest in stem cell research. While some progress has been made, we do not know nearly enough about how stem cells work to use them for the treatment of human diseases. However, there are researchers that claim that they have developed the technology to apply stem cells to the treatment of aging and diseases. Websites such as www.youngeryounger.com and www.medra.com state that they have created a miraculous medical cure, known as cellular therapy, which can treat just about any problem....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]

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Curing the Incurable

- In the field of medicine, a growing controversy is the use of stem cells to better understand and treat diseases. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to become any type of specialized cell and also divide limitlessly (“Stem Cell Information”). Stem cells can be used to grow tissue to help patients who have burns so they can heal faster and better (“Stem Cell Information”). Another major example is that these stem cells can be used to grow complete organs (“Stem Cell Information”)....   [tags: Scientists, Researchers, Stem Cell Research]

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Ethical Concerns about Donating Eggs for Stem-Cell Research

- The topic that I would like to address is women donating their eggs for stem cell research. I see many ethical concerns when it comes to this issue, one of which is creating new human embryonic stem cell lines. The only way to make this research possible is by women donating their eggs. In other words, does this lead to positive outcomes or rather yet negative outcomes. To begin, when it comes to females donating eggs, there are many negative ethical concerns that go along with it. First of all, you have to think about the personal risk that these women go through when they decide to donate their eggs....   [tags: Ethics]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research and The Survival Lottery Proposed by John Harris

- Do we "own" our genes. I think so, but only to a point. I don't mean to sound crass, but would a prostitute "give it away" for free. I bring up prostitution because there's a reason it's known as the "world's oldest profession" and because I think as such it provides the most insight on the mindset I believe we have as a specie when it comes to services our bodies can provide. I cannot stress that I'm not calling organ donors prostitutes(though if you sell your organs you kind of are) and that I'm not trying to insult any group I talk about below....   [tags: genes, transplant organs]

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Ethical Judgments and the Production of Knowledge

- Humans are rational and emotional creatures whose intellect allows for the evaluation of behaviors and actions. These evaluations help humans rule over actions and create ethical judgments. Ethical judgments dictate over what should be done and restrict the way of being of individuals. Ethical judgments have an impact in the methods available in the production of knowledge, but are not considered hindrances since they affirm the principles of human morality and are needed to judge knowledge claims....   [tags: The Stem Cell Debate]

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Killing Human Embryos for Research

-    Recent developments highlight a point made by opponents of embryonic stem cell research for years: Once our consciences are numbed to the moral wrong of using so-called "spare" human embryos for research, our society will move on to even more egregious abuses. The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Virginia has announced that it is using donated eggs and sperm to create human embryos solely to destroy them for stem cell research.( S. Stolberg, "Scientists Create Scores of Embryos to Harvest Cells," The New York Times, July 11, 2001 at A1.) Moreover, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) in Massachusetts has announced it is trying to make human embryos by somatic cell nuclear transfer...   [tags: Stem Cell Research Essays]

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The Benefits of Cloning Research

- The Benefits of Cloning Research      “To be or not to be…” In the last fifty years new forms of technology have been the center of attention for every human being. It seems that every day scientists come up with some new, perhaps even controversial, and exciting ways to improve the quality of life. These new technologies affect every aspect of life, as we know it. One such technology is the research being done in the area of cloning. Cloning is the production of one or more cells, individual plants, or animals that are genetically identical to another cell, plant or animal....   [tags: Cloning and Stem Cell Research]

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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and the Hope for a Cure

- Have you ever heard of a disorder, condition or disease for the first time wondering to yourself what it is. That was me 11 years ago when my baby girl was first diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, at the young age of only four months old. My heart dropped when they told me the diagnosis even though I had no idea what it was, what is meant, or how it would change our lives. I had so many questions and even to this day, the questions still seem endless. I have spent countless hours researching and asking questions trying to fully understand what it all means....   [tags: stem cell, liver, lung disease, genetic disorder]

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The Science of Leukemia

- Can you imagine if one of your friends, family or even yourself waking up or seeing people feeling really weak, when they can’t do anything because of low immune system, seeing their hair falls out day by day. Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow (News,M.). It is where our blood is forming tissue. White blood cells fights for infection in our body, it gives us protection from any bacteria that comes in to our body. People who have leukemia suffer from an abnormal production of white blood cells or known as leukocytes (News,M.)....   [tags: stem cell transplant, cancer in blood cells]

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The Medical Field As A Psychotic Disorder

- ... It was Eugene Bleuler in 1908 that named the illness Schizophrenia, a splitting apart of the mind. “The splitting meant that the mind no longer functioned as a whole, with behavior, emotion, and intellect working together. It did not mean that there were multiple personalities” (Freedman 8). As of today the American Psychiatric Association identifies over 300 disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Each of these disorders are found among different population and affect individuals in different ways....   [tags: Schizophrenia, Dopamine, Genetics, Stem cell]

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Advocating a Second Creation

- When we hear the words human cloning we think of books and movies like Jurassic Park, which show us the darker side of cloning, and all of the possible complications, but they never seem to fully encompass the need we have for cloning, as humans beings. Since its beginnings cloning has raised many a debate, on its scientific viability and the morality behind the idea of manufacturing exact genetic copies of ourselves. Those who speak from a moral standpoint fall on the side against human cloning, those who disagree with the idea however fail to acknowledge the numerous benefits that cloning offer us as human beings....   [tags: human cloning, morality, stem cell, technology]

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Book Review: The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks

- Imagine having a part of your body taken from you without your permission, and then having those cells that are a part of your body grow and are being processed in labs around the world and then ultimately being used for the highest of research. That is what happens to Henrietta Lacks. In the book, The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks, we see Henrietta Lacks and her families story unravel, the numerous hardships that they faced, and the shocking revelation that their relative cells were being used for research without her consent and theirs....   [tags: cloning, genetics, stem cell research]

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Genetic Dna And Its Effects On A Patient 's Body Through A Variation Of Technique Under Gene Therapy

- ... In order to create recombinant DNA of the defective gene, a normal gene is obtained through a test subject (i.e. mouse). From there, the normal gene (the insert) needs to be implanted into a cloning vector (an expression vector). Selecting the right cloning vector is crucial for the proliferation of the cDNA. The expression vector needs a promoter to allow the potassium ion channel gene to be expressed to understand the regulation of that gene. A reporter gene is easily detected if expressed through the phenotype of the patient....   [tags: DNA, Molecular biology, Gene expression, Stem cell]

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Bone Marrow Biopsy

- What is a bone marrow biopsy. Bone marrow is soft spongy tissue found in the hollow interior of your bones. Bone marrow contains stem cells which produces different forms of blood cells: • White blood cells which create antibodies to fight infection • Red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body • Platelets which forms clots to help stop bleeding from an injury The biopsy involves a sample of tissue taken from inside a bone (usually hip bone) and is thoroughly examined in a laboratory under a microscope in order to detect any abnormal cells....   [tags: stem cell analysis, blood cell diseases]

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Humanised Organs Can Be Grown In Animals

- Humanised Organs Can Be Grown In Animals Ever since stem cell research has been discovered there have been many controversial arguments discussing whether or not this method is okay to use when dealing with patients. Research on stem cells is advancing knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell and how healthy cells replace damaged cells in adult organisms. Since it was discovered, stem cell research is coming a very long way, even though these processes probably won’t be experimented in humans years for decades....   [tags: Stem Cell Research Biology Science Essays]

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Cloning Should Have Limits

- Cloning Should Have Limits "Mary had a little lamb, it fleece was slightly gray. It did not have a father, just some borrowed DNA" (Pence xv, par. 1). According to the article ("Cloning Milestones"), Dr. Hans Spemann visualized cloning back, in 1938 (121). Historical events from 1938 to 2005, provides evidence, that cloning is no longer a vision. Cloning is today's reality. The medical evolution related to the technology of cloning has generated ethical, moral and religious debates for decades....   [tags: Cloning DNA Ethics Stem Cell Research]

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Panacea

- Panacea Panacea- n. a cure for all ills, a universal remedy [Webster’s 724]. Embryonic stem cell research has been one of the most heavily and intensely debated topics in the past five to ten years. Although it is not literally a cure for all sicknesses, it holds the key to the most exciting medical advances in the last 100 years. The controversy surrounding stem cell research is such a huge deal because of the moral dilemma surrounding it. There is no doubt that everybody would like to have cures for ailments ranging from paralysis to Alzheimer’s but they must be willing to side with science for the betterment of mankind....   [tags: Stem Cell Research]

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Extremely Useful and Harzard of Stem Cells

- ... Adult stem cells, adversely, are multipotent stem cells that derive from developed body tissues. They are grown less and slower in comparison to embryonic stem cells. Stem cells' distinctive quality of being able to reproduce themselves and essentially forming into any type of body cell they desire (differentiation) makes these cells both extremely useful and extremely hazardous. Despite their immense uses, stem cells are increasingly controversial due to all of their possible contributions to life....   [tags: adult, embryonic, reproduce, cell]

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Genes and Cell Therapy Analysis

- The article selected for this assignment is “Targeted Gene Correction of α1-antitrypsin Deficiency in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells”, by Kosuke Yusa, et al., and was published as a Nature Letter on October 20th, 2011.1 This is a proof-of-principle study for a new technology developed by the authors for eventual application in cell replacement therapy. The authors used a novel combination of zinc finger nuclease and piggy-Bac methodology in human induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to correct a single point mutation in the α1-antitrypsin gene that is known to be responsible for α1-antitrypsin deficiency in humans....   [tags: piggybac, stem cells, induced pluripotent]

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A Study On Sickle Cell Anemia

- ... Hemoglobin is what allows blood red cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. In sickle cell anemia, it causes the hemoglobin to become abnormal resulting in the shaping of your blood cells to change. The gene that carries sickle cell is passed down each generation in pattern of autosomal inheritance. That means that both sets of parents have to pass down the malfunctioning form for the child to be affected with the disease. When there is one parent that carries the disease and one that doesn’t, the child will have sickle cell trait....   [tags: Red blood cell, Sickle-cell disease, Hemoglobin]

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Benefits Of Sickle Cell Disease

- ... She became the national spokeswoman for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in 1996. The football player Tiki Barber finds ways to win games on the field, and he also works hard help other people who suffer from sickle cell, as he does, win against the disease every single day. He does this by helping families affected by sickle cell disease become more aware of the disorder, and they learn how the possibility of iron overload, which can stem from regular blood transfusions during sickle cell treatment....   [tags: Sickle-cell disease, Red blood cell, Malaria]

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Stem Cells and its Debate on Ethical Issues

- Stem cells research has been a very disputed topic among the US. There has been ethical issues concerning stem cell research and has caused friction in its track to its full potential. These ethical issues include the concern of moral status of embryos, in which stem cells are made of and the doomed embryos ands. Religion plays a huge role in the stem cell debate concerning issues with their religion. Several scientist that have been researching stem cells have agreed that stem cells have great potential to cure several harmful diseases like diabetes as well as cancer.Stem cell research should have an increase in its budget and less restricted to further help the research of potential cures...   [tags: human embryonic, stem cells, embryos]

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Human Embryonic Stem cells and Induced Pluripotent Cells

- Human Embryonic Stem cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are two modern methods of research; and treatment being aimed at the treatment of cancer, and many degenerative and genetic diseases. Stem cells are cells with the ability to develop into a cell of a different type, some types of stem cells are able to differentiate or change into a cell which is specific and functional to a specific tissue or organ system. This unique ability is what many scientists are trying to focus towards regeneration of different tissues, or the creation of new tissue to help cure, or treat diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and alzheimer's....   [tags: stem cells, human embryonic, cells]

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The Ongoing Debate Over the Use of Stem Cells

- In the past two decades, many technological and scientific advances have been made in order to make life easier for many people who suffer from cancer, disease and sickness. Among these advances there is something revolutionary called stem cells. Stem cells can help restore and regenerate almost all parts of the human body such as the heart, kidney, liver, and many other organs. Although stem cells offer a lot, there are many views against and for stem cells, and among these views lies the debate of whether stem cells should be legalized or not (NIH 2)....   [tags: Stem Cells, argumentative, persuasive, medicine]

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Organelles And The Cell Membrane

- Organelles Organelles are subunits that allow a cell to function correctly and efficiently. The name comes from organ as these subunits act like organs to cells in the same way that organs are for us. Most organelles in eukaryotic cells and some in prokaryotic cells are membrane bound and protected by a membrane or in some cases a wall. Universal organelles While most of the main organelles making up the nucleus grouping are present in all organelles, the ‘group’ is not membrane bound in prokaryotic (bacterial) cells and therefore are free to move about the cell....   [tags: Cell, Organelle, Bacteria, Eukaryote]

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Stem Cells

- Content 1. Introduction 2. The unique properties of stem cells and the ways of reception. 3. The application of stem cells in curing the worldwide diseases. i. The effectiveness of using stem cells in diabetes treatment and possible risks of this therapy. ii. What are the benefits and risks of using stem cells in curing cardiac disorders, such as ischemic disease and stroke. iii. How neural disorders, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and spinal cord injuries can be treated by stem cells and what are the fears about application of this therapy on human....   [tags: Ethical Issues, Embryonic Stem Cells]

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Stem Cells: Are Stems Cells able to Generate Cartilage and Bone?

- A stem cell being able to make cartilage and bone seems like a preposterous idea, does it not. With the invention of the microscope in the 1800’s, it was not long before scientists were able to discern that some cells were able to generate and change into other cells. This was the beginning of stem cell research. In 1961, Dr.’s Till and McCullough were studying the effects of radiation on the bone marrow of mice, when they discovered the existence of multipotent stem cells. In 1998, James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isolated human embryonic stem cells, then demonstrated how they specialize and rejuvenate....   [tags: human embryo, stem cells]

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Living With Sickle Cell Anemia

- Living With Sickle Cell Anemia: Medical and Alternative Management Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease in which a person’s blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. According to Miriam Bloom, “Sickle cell trait runs in the same families as the sickle cell disease, but the people with sickle cell trait do not have sickle cell disease, and they never will. In some instances, however, they can have children who do. People with sickle cell disease have inherited two damaged genes (Units of hereditary), one from each parent” (Bloom 3)....   [tags: Red blood cell, Sickle-cell disease, Bone marrow]

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What You Should Know about Stem Cells

- What You Should Know about Stem Cells A topic of extended scientific and ethical debate in our society as of late has been the question of Stem Cell research. Going down this path could yield unprecedented medical leaps in treatment and prevention that medicine will be able to offer. Before I address the debate of whether or not Stem Cell research should be done, I want to first explain to my readers what stem cells are, how they come to be and what we can use them for. We must first start with the different types of cells, I will explain them as I take you through part of the fetal development process....   [tags: Stem Cells Science Ethics Biology Essays]

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Embryonic Stem Cells and Adult Stem Cells

- Embryonic stem cells are a different class of stem cells. ‘Stem cells’ are primitive cells with the capacity to divide and give rise to more identical stem cells or to specialize and form specific cells of somatic tissues. However, two types of stem cell can be distinguished: embryonic stem cells (ES): can only be derived from pre‐implantation embryos and have a proven ability to form cells of all adult tissues (termed ‘pluripotent’). ‘Adult’ stem cells, which are found in a variety of tissues in the fetus and after birth and are, under normal conditions, more specialized, which is revered to as “multipotent.” The embryonic stem cells can assist with tissue replacement and repair....   [tags: genetic engineering and health]

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Role in Inducing and Maintaining the Pluripotency of Mice Embryonic Stem Cells

- Several members of the zinc finger family of proteins are key components in the transcriptional network maintaining pluripotency in embryonic stem cells. The mouse zinc finger protein 322a (Zfp322a) is expressed in embryonic stem cells and the ICM. Thus Ma et al. 2014 hypothesized that Zfp322a functions as a transcription factor in mice. Ma et al. (2014) discovered that Zfp322a is an irreplaceable transcription factor which enhances the reprogramming ability of OKSM (Oct4,  Klf4, Sox2, and c-Myc) and can replace Sox2 in OKSM in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)....   [tags: zinc finger, mouse stem cells ]

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Stem Cells: The Future of Medicine

- What if there was a cure for cancer or a treatment for spinal injuries. Would you support the research. What if there was a way that you could repair damaged nerves. Some believe that stem cells may hold the answers to some of these questions. What are stem cells and why should you or I even care about them. Some believe that they are a miracle treatment waiting to happen while others believe that stem cells are highly immoral. Why does so much controversy surround the issue. Why is the conversation of stem cells feared by some and praised by others....   [tags: spinal injuries, repair damaged nerves]

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Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells

- According to Nancy Reagan, “Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to alleviate so much suffering. Surely, by working together, we can harness its life-giving potential.” The increase in understanding of what is possible with stem cells, has led the topic of stem cell research to become one of the biggest social issues of our time. Over the last couple of decades, it has come down to two main types of stem cells: embryonic and those derived from adults. This is where the lines are drawn and arguments break out, because of personal morals and ethics....   [tags: health research, genetic technology]

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The Study of Stem Cells

- ... As says Sheng Ding, a chemist at Scripps Research Institute, "We think if you understand what the signals are that control stem cell fate--and we know there are stem cells reserved in pretty much all the tissues in adults--we can possibly develop small-molecule therapeutics or other types of therapeutics that stimulate in vivo regeneration. That [for us] would be the ultimate goal of stem cell research. We think those therapeutics will be the future of regenerative medicine, not just the stem cell" (Dalton)....   [tags: history of chemistry, genetic engineering]

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All About Stem Cells

- Science Project: Stem Cells Info What. Definition: Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Commonly, stem cells come from two main sources: Embryos formed during the blastocyst phase of embryological development (embryonic stem cells) and Adult tissue (adult stem cells.) Why are they important. In many tissues, they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive....   [tags: differentiation, repair, controversy]

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Stem Cells

- Stem cells are used every day throughout the United States to help cure diseases and save lives. Stem cells can also be used to study labor defects so that future birth deficiencies can be prevented or reversed. Although as a college student starting a family may not be on your mind yet, it is always beneficial to educate yourself on current trends and new discoveries in stem cell research. Andres Travino and his wife were excited when their son Andy was born ten years ago. Andy prayed and hoped for a healthy baby despite the fact that his wife was a carrier of a genetic gene called NEMO, which caused the immune system to fail....   [tags: Medical Research]

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Stem Cells

- Introduction Stem cells are a certain type of cells that are classified by their ability to differentiate into different tissues. They are also self- renewing cells. There are three different types of stem cells that have been discovered (Iwamori, Iwamori, & Matzuk M., 2012). The types are embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Research is currently being done to analyze the potential medical benefits of stem cells. There are also many different ethical questions surrounding stem cells (Shahid & Irshad, 2012)....   [tags: tissue, ethics, embryonic, adult, pluripotent]

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Stem Cells

- Medicine has been one of the driving forces behind human development and technology. At times, there are certain groups who have ethical issues with certain medical advancements throughout history. For example, the mid-20th century was the beginning of the controversy of religion vs. medicine through birth control and the eventual Supreme Court ruling in favor of supporters of birth control in Roe v. Wade. Presently, there have been some of the greatest feats accomplished in medicine’s fight on cancer and body repairing through stem cells....   [tags: Medical Advancement, Embryos, Studies]

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stem cells

- Advancements in genetic engineering has been one of the most talked about subjects for many years. It has scared some but at the same time intrigued others. This question how far is too far, will play a big issue in years to come and even now for that mater. What people do not understand is that the research that is being done today is being done to help cure incurable diseases like the Aids virus and Cancer and it is not being done to create at perfect utopian society where everyone is the same and equal in all aspects....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Stem Cells

- Embryonic Stem Cells “Embryonic stem cells...are in effect, a human self-repair kit,” (Christopher Reeve, activist – Larry King show). For the advancement of science, stem cells are infinitely valuable, especially when considering all the potential applications in the field of medicine. Stem cell usage is a very controversial topic, because most people think of abortions, cloning, and other negative topics when they hear the term stem cell. However I think those thoughts are because they don’t understand what a stem cell is, where it comes from, or its monumental possibilities that could greatly benefit the medical field....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]

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Stem Cells

- Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Microscopic 10x view of a colony of embryonic stems cells (The stem cell colonies are the rounded, dense masses of cells.) Meriam-Webster defines stem cells as: an unspecialized cell that gives rise to differentiated cells. This means the can turn into any cells the body is in need of .Their almost limitless potential has made stem cells a significant focus of medical research. Imagine having the ability to return memory to an Alzheimer’s patient, replace skin that was lost during a terrible accident or enable a wheelchair-bound person to walk again....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Stem Cells

- Abstract 1. The object of this Paper is to provide an independent assessment of the Donaldson Committee's Recommendations in light of the most recent advances in stem cell research. 2. Stem cells should be defined by their ability to renew themselves and diversify into other cell types. 3. There are several readily accessible sources of stem cells. Strict criteria apply to the use of these sources in medical research. 4. Stem cells have wide potential application in medicine. "Adult" stem cells have already been used in the world's first recorded case of successful gene therapy "surgery"....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Stem Cells

- What is a stem cell. Stem cells have the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and to give rise to specialized cells. They are best described in the context of normal human development. Human development begins when a sperm fertilizes an egg and creates a single cell that has the potential to form an entire organism. This fertilized egg is totipotent, meaning that its potential is total. In the first hours after fertilization, this cell divides into identical totipotent cells. This means that either one of these cells, if placed into a woman's uterus, has the potential to develop into a fetus....   [tags: essays research papers]

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stem cells

- After a typical delivery the umbilical cord and the blood within it is discarded. Now researchers have discovered that this blood contains valuable stem cells which can be used in the treatment of several blood disorders. Stem cells are simply undeveloped cells that develop into platelets or red and white blood cells. Stem cells will continue to produce blood cells for an indefinite period of time after transplantation. Until the discovery of stem cells in umbilical cord blood and placentas, bone marrow stem cells were the primary means available to those in need of a transplant....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Stem Cells

- &#65279;Science is moving at such a rapid speed these days, between cloning, gene therapy, miracle drugs, exotic therapies, etc. One of the most significant breakthroughs came in November 1998, when two separate researchers successfully isolated stem cells from human embryos and aborted fetuses. Stem cells are primordial cells of a human organism, which are capable of becoming all or most of the 210 different kinds of tissues in the human body. Stem cells have been defined as not fully differentiated yet to be any particular type of tissue or cell....   [tags: advances in Science]

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