Stem Cell Research : Stem Cells Essay

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Stem Cells Persuasive Essay
Introduction: As the political commentator, Ron Reagan, famously stated, “Stem cell research can revolutionize medicine, more than anything since antibiotics.” This quote illustrates a certain position on how and why stem cells can be important. As Reagan implies, stem cells can "revolutionize medicine" by offering the possibility of curing many diseases that require extra cells. Stem cells are mother cells that have the potential to become any type of cell in the body. I strongly believe that stem cells should be used in experiments because they have beneficial characteristics, can be easily obtained through non-harmful procedures, and can be used to help find cures for deadly diseases.
Claim Reason #1 with Source #1: First and foremost, stem cells have beneficial characteristics, which vary depending on which of the two types of stem cells scientists use. There are adult stem cells which can be obtained from the bone marrow, these cells can be recycled for other purposes, but can only be used as one type of cell. For example, one adult stem cell that was used for muscle tissue, can only be recycled as a muscle cell. On the other hand, embryonic stem cells are a type of stem cell that can be obtained in the embryonic stage of a zygote. These stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning that they can be recycled into any type of cell. As Dr. Ananya Mandal summarized in a medical report, "One of the main characteristics of stem cells is their ability…

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