Essay on A Research Study On Stem Cell Research

2551 Words Nov 20th, 2014 11 Pages
Stem cell research brings a lot of controversy because of the wide range of ways stem cells can be used in research. There are those who support and oppose stem cell research. Stem cell research is currently used to cure cell mutations that could lead to cancers; however, this research could potentially lead to dangerous, unethical experimentation. Using any stem cells to propagate differentiated human cells, tissues, or organs should be prohibited because these embryos are alive, and scientists do not fully know the effects of this research.
Scientific background: According to the American Journal of Health Education, “Stem cells are template cells found throughout the body that can grow to become cells with specialized functions” (Eve, May/June 2008). In other words, stem cells are cells that have yet to be given a more specific role or function. Such cells are usually split into several groups that are harvested at different times throughout their lives. When dealing with human beings, the factions are split as fetal, embryonic, and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are comprised of pluripotent cells, those of which that can transform into almost all other cells, that are found in the embryo in the first stages of pregnancy where “derivation of pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells from human blastocysts” (Reubinoff, 399 - 404, 2000). Such cells are often preferable to adult cells as adult cells can be more limited in terms of their potential for more cells.…

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