Essay on A Research Study On Embryonic Stem Cells

1675 Words Mar 30th, 2015 null Page
Scientists first discovered stem cells in the early 1900s. During this discovery, the scientists discovered that some cells had the capability to turn into blood cells, a completely different type of cell. These specific types of cells were classified as stem cells. Stem cells are known as undifferentiated cells, which means they do not have a specific function yet. Stem cells, since undifferentiated, are capable of becoming a specific type of cell such as a blood cell or a muscle cell. Unlike other cells, stem cells are more rare and difficult to acquire. Scientists started to work with and study embryonic stem cells around 1998. Biologist James Thompson was one of the first to work with stem cells in a laboratory (Murnaghan 2014). Embryonic stem cells are taken from embryos. When used in research, the embryos develop after invitro fertilization takes place. Controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells has been going on for decades. The stem cells are fertilized, meaning that the cells will develop into a human being. When stem cells are harvested from the embryo, it destroys the embryo in the process. Many people argue that using an embryo is unethical because they consider an embryo the early stage of human life. The government has been regulating and restricting the amount of research that can be done on embryonic stem cells due to its controversy. My research gathered information on how society reacts to embryonic stem cell research. I interviewed random people…

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