Stem Cell Therapy Advantages And Disadvantages

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Stem Cell Therapy is a modern biotechnology that uses stem cells that

come from different parts of one’s body and are of different kinds such as embryonic,

adult, and tissue-specific, just to name a few. Stem cells are premature cells that have the

ability to divide themselves into various kinds of cells in the body. Moreover, they are

able to regenerate and mend damaged tissues from which they came from.

There are several views on this biotechnology. Some researchers such as

Paul Knoepfler define or view it as the stepping stone to medicinal advancement and

discoveries such as the area of cancer, neural diseases, and as well as beauty. Others such

as Maureen Condic define it as a trickster in such a way that it incurs a placebo
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Another purpose is to be a

potential cure for cancer, diabetes and various neurological disorders, etc. (Ladock,

With its essential purposes, this leads one to its mainstream advantages. It

could be seen that the purposes themselves serve as potential mainstream advantages.

More of these benefits include bane participation through therapy in regenerative

medicine and cloning, and direct drug or product experimentation on cells rather than on

animals and humans. Further research may lead to thorough and analytical understanding

on the development of the human body that may result to potential treatment on birth

defects, infertility, etc. Although stem cell therapy withholds a number of benefits, it is

known that for every scientific discovery or experimentation, there are always

disadvantages. Thus stem cell therapy, despite its mainstream advantages, is

disadvantageous in terms of practical, ethical, and medical aspects.

There is a large number of people who resort to stem cell therapy as a means of

eliminating or preventing signs of ageing. However, with such therapy’s very high prices

that ranges from $15,000 per treatment (Naggiar, 2006), it is deemed to be
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Furthermore, the main purpose

of the therapy is undermined due to the fact that patients use this treatment to address

their vanity instead of for venturing towards medical progression. Such an instance is

when one uses embryonic stem cells to simply eliminate eye bags, wrinkles, other

blemishes, taking note that it would cost $100,000 to $200,000 just to collect 50 to 100

human eggs from one patient (Moffit, Coelho, Hollowell, & Weldon, 2005).

From another point of view, the impracticality of stem cell therapy can be seen

through the medicinal side effects that can result from it, such as but is not limited to

graft-versus-host disease, infection, and bleeding to be further expounded on. Given this

circumstance, there is a slim presence of rationale in undergoing stem cell therapy

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