Stem Cell Future

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The key to the future is in the cells. Scientists have unlocked the cell in stem cell investigations. On average, 30 people die daily because they can’t get a transplant and over 120,000 people are on the transplant list (Greely). This makes stem cell potentially life-saving for thousands of people. Scientists can now help save lives and protect human life. It may be hard to distinguish the difference between stem cells and other cells, but some of the major differences between stem cells and other cells are they can renew themselves easily, this potentially can help save lives in the future. A Stem cell is already helping save lives, it helps people with heart disease, type one diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, spinal cord injury victims, …show more content…
When regarding to the previous quote, the National Institute of Health mentions the different types of stem cells and their capabilities, and they mention “number and differentiated cell types they can become”(Education), when the National Institute of Health mentions “number” they are referring to the number of cells that are typically found in the specific area where embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells are found. The number of cells scientists are trying to locate is very important because they need a large amount for replacement therapies. Embryonic stem cells are grown easily compared to adult stem cells which are rarer because they are harder to find, but scientists continue to experiment with adult stem cells because they believe adult stem cells won’t be rejected as often as other types of stem cells (Education). Going back to the quote, the National Institute of Health say the word “pluripotent”, according to California stem cell agency it means “Pluripotent means many "potentials". In other words, these cells have the potential of taking on many fates in the body, including all of the more than 200 different cell types” (@cirmnews). Adult stem cells are more complicated than embryonic stem cells but have a lot of …show more content…
Parkinson 's disease is a disease that gets worse over time, it causes the human body to shake tremendously constantly and commonly affects people over 40 years old. Roughly one million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease (Parkinson’s Disease PD). There is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease and causes a lot of frustration to many people and families. Parkinson 's disease is caused by the death of brain cells, which increases the level of dopamine. Dopamine plays a lot of roles in the human body, some of the major functions of dopamine are movement, memory, behavior, and sleep and this disease kills off the dopamine in cells (Robinson). There are treatments that can temporarily help with the disease but the treatments eventually wear off and the disease will continue to progress rapidly. There is no way of preventing the disease or seeing it early because by the time the person finds out they have Parkinson’s disease they typically have had it for years and the disease has already killed over half of the dopamine-producing cells (Robinson). Scientists do not know the cause of Parkinson’s disease, fortunately, they know the areas that are the problem. The ultimate goal for Parkinson 's disease and stem cell research is to inject stem cell into the patient and have the new cells regenerate. Stem cell research has a lot of standards to live up to when it comes to

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