Stem Cells are the Future of Healthcare Essay

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A mother cannot remember her children’s names anymore because of Alzheimer’s diseases. A daughter will never be able to walk again because of a car accident that has made her paralyzed from the waist down. A husband will never be able to see his wife again because he has become blind. But maybe these people will be able to remember, walk or see again. Someday all of the diseases in the world may be curable through stem cell research. Stem cells are very unique because they have the ability to morph into any of the over 200 cells that make up the human body. For the past 50 years scientists have been trying to understand the true potential of stem cells. Nichols (2001) explained that, it was not until 1998 when scientist James Thomson of …show more content…
Embryonic stem cells that are used for research come from embryos that are created from in vitro fertilization. The embryos that were no longer needed for reproductive purposes are donated for research with the consent of the donor. Many are against embryonic stem cells research because the embryo is destroyed after it is used, but otherwise the embryo would not be used and the embryo would have no benefit. Using the embryos for research could someday cure major diseases. The benefits of embryonic stem cells could create medical miracles. What many of us thought was once impossible would be possible with embryonic stem cells. One of the most intriguing benefits of embryonic stem cells is the ability to treat or even cure the most common diseases such as; Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries, stroke, burns, heart diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. “For example, it may be possible to generate healthy heart muscle cells in the laboratory and the transplant those cells into patients with chronic heart disease”(Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010). This would be a major breakthrough in the science community. Another potential benefit from research of embryonic stem cells it to understand how the human body is developed. We would be able to further understand serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects. This would lead us to make new treatments for diseases and

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