Essay about State-Funded Stem Cell Research

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Scientists are attempting to expand on stem cell research, while aspiring towards new medical advancements, but Maryland is questioning State-funded research (Department of Legislative Services, Office of Information Systems [DLSOIS], 2011). Stem cells have the ability to regenerate themselves and produce specialized cell types (Academy of Sciences, 2009). After a stem cell divides, the stem cell can continue to exist as a stem cell, or turn into a unique cell, like a red blood cell (Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). Stem cells have the capability to replace damaged cells, which can improve detrimental heath issues, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease (IOH, 2011). A bill has been proposed …show more content…
Although the process has not be successfully accomplished in human stem cells, this procedure would produce copies or clones of the original adult cell (Academy of Sciences, 2009). Nuclear transfusion would allow scientists to study the maturation of diseases by producing stem cells involving the progression of specific diseases (Academy of Sciences, 2009). Adult stem cells are found within organs that require continual cell production, like the blood cell or skin cell, and function as a cell replicator (Academy of Sciences, 2009). A single adult stem cell can produce genetically identical cells, which could be distinguished into distinct cell types of the tissue (IOH, 2011). These stem cells have the ability to regenerate or reform tissue after transplanted (IOH, 2011). Using adult stem cells would provide a means to guide available cells into other cell types which have been lost or damaged (IOH, 2011). Stem cells have enabled suffering patients to obtain modernized therapies, which are less invasive and demoralizing. Our bodies have the ability to replace blood cells lost as a result of hematopoietic stem cells found within the blood and bone marrow (Academy of Sciences, 2009). Hematopoietic stem cells have been used to treat leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and many other disorders where the body cannot naturally replace its blood cells (Academy of Sciences, 2009). In the past, removing stem cells could

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