Stem Cell Research : Stem Cells Essay

1720 Words Nov 28th, 2016 7 Pages
What if there was a more efficient way to cure non-communicable diseases other than surgery. Stem cell research could an answer to this. Although the benefits of this research are high there is controversy when it comes to this topic. Mostly, ethical issues such as the use of embryonic stem cells and cloning. There are many different stem cells used in stem cell research: embryonic stem (ES) cells, induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, and adult or somatic stem cells. “Embryonic stem cells are grown in the laboratory from cells found in the early embryo” ("Types Of Stem Cells And Their Current Uses"). Somatic stem cells found in our bodies and are maintained and repaired throughout our life, stem cells are there all our lives. Induced pluripotent stem cells, also known as “reprogrammed” stem cells ("Types Of Stem Cells And Their Current Uses"). These cells are similar to embryonic stem cells but there are made from adult specialized cells. “With the capability of self-renewal, pluripotency and differentiation, stem cells have been believed to be useful for treatment of a wide variety of diseases in the future, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, baldness, blindness, deafness, wound healing, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myocardial infarction, muscular dystrophy, osteoarthritis rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and diabetes” ("Benefits Of Stem Cells", Avior, Sagi and Benvenisty). Since stem cells have…

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