Research Study Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Essay
November 10th, 2014
Metropolitan Community College
Typically, someone or something is special because of the uniqueness it fosters. A liver cell is special because its function is to preform as a filter or for the use of metabolism. Stem cells are so special because they have unbelievable potential in the world of genetics because they are not specifically special. According to Suzanne Holland, Karen Lebacqz and Laurie Zoloth in The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate (2001), “human embryonic stem cells can divide indefinatley and have the potential to develop into many different types of tissues”. (Holland et al, Pg. 1). These unique cells can renew themselves by the process of cell division and even become specific organ or tissue specific cells (under certain conditions). There are two different types of stem cells, embryonic and non-embryonic (adult stem cells). In this paper I will be discussing the importance of stem cells, the study of embryonic stem cells and how they are created while lightly touching on the ethical and moral debate of it all.
Stem cells are considered to be unique because three classic properties that differ from any other cell in the body. These three unique properties can be described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2013) as “capability of dividing and renewing themselves for long periods, are unspecialized and can give rise to specialized cell types”. (NIH,…