Research Paper : Stem Cell Research

838 Words Nov 19th, 2014 4 Pages
Emily Ghena
Biology 181 Lab
11/5/2014
Dr. Bledsoe

Stem Cell Research Paper According to the National Diabetes Education Program, about 25.8 million Americans have diabetes in 2013 which is about 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Since diabetes is such a prevalent problem, scientists have been seeking a way to cure this disease, more than just regular insulin injections. Scientists have been developing methods to turn human embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells. Stem cells have been used because they can form any kind of tissue, but replicating the exact signals to transform a stem cell into a beta cell has been very difficult (The Facts About Diabetes, 2010). While stem cells are being utilized to find cures for diseases like diabetes, it’s a controversial topic due to its risks in the name of research for health care. As medical technology and techniques improves, it is imperative to know what stem cell is, what are its uses and purpose, and what its potential applications are. In order to attain a proper understanding and opinion of stem cell research, it’s necessary to understand exactly what stem cell is. A stem cell is an immature cell that has the potential to become any kind of cell in the human body. Stem cells can be classified into two categories which are adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells (Basics of Stem Cell, 2010). Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells that reside in already developed tissue and act as a repair system by…

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