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What Are The Benefits Of Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research is the advanced knowledge of cell development in a human or animal body. It is also the study of how a healthy cell can replace a damaged or dead cell in the body. This part is studied to bring out certain cell based therapies to fight against diseases as scientists believe these stem cells could be used as the basis for treatment of diseases such as diabetes and cardiac malfunctions. As of today in biology, stem cells are the most prominent area of study and research.

Stem cells exist as non specialist cells which renew there self for a period of time during cell division and under certain scenarios can be induced to become cells with special functions. Often these special cells have formed interesting tissues like heart beating muscle or the insulin production in the pancreas.

Every living organism develops tissues with the help of a blastocyst (an old embryo) and every such development brings in different types of cells which further develop to form body organs like lungs, skin, heart and other parts like muscle, brain and bone marrow.

Brain and muscle stem cells have been discovered with replacement cells which would regenerate lost cells (via injury or disease) automatically to fill the void. Stem cell research and results are extremely promising for the up coming future and still needs more extensive research to bring the best benefits in hope to help fight against life threatening diseases.

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  • mann April 27, 2009, 1:43 pm

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  • Hunnnnnner October 15, 2009, 3:28 pm

    whaaat’s geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewd with dat stem cell rezearch!?

  • anonymous November 6, 2009, 6:56 pm

    Stem cell research is wrong! It takes a human life in place of another one. If you really cared about the gift of life, you would be against stem cell research

    • anonymous March 10, 2011, 8:19 pm

      the baby has not matured into any thing yet. it doesnt even have limbs let alone a heart.

    • Mr. Meeeeeester April 8, 2011, 1:12 am

      I agree that it is hard to define exactly when “life” happens. It can get controversial in the case of harvesting embryonic stem cells, the cells harvested are actually around 100 cells in a structure called the blastula(not AN EMBRYO), which is form within the first 5 days before implantation in the uterus (just a little tid bit, women that take plan b are aborting/causing the blastula/gastrula not to implant)
      With that said, there is still to other forms of stem cells that can be harvested CHORD STEM CELLS( that are gathered from an umbilical chord after birth, and yes that chord will be “thrown” away anyways so why not use those?) and ADULT STEM CELLS which can be gathered from bone marrow and other peripheral areas within an adult
      So quit being ignorant people, and please keep science and religion apart they are two completely non-overlapping dogmas.
      If you still chose to be ignorant and try to hinder the advancements in medicine please stop taking antibiotics, going to the hospital and using anything that science and hard medical research has done to improve the human race.

    • Samantha September 26, 2011, 4:11 pm

      Also, if you took the time to research how stem cells can be extracted you would realize that “taking a human life” (note the parenthesis) is not the ONLY way stem cells are extracted. They can also be extracted from umbilical cord blood after a new baby is brought into the world.

  • shawna November 11, 2009, 11:29 pm

    I feel that everyone who bashes on stem cell research would gladly except stem cells if they knew it would save them or their childrens lives, so don’t be so one way minded..think about the other issues involved with stem cell reasearch..

  • damaris December 3, 2009, 12:00 am

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  • jenna March 20, 2010, 10:04 pm

    anyone who hates stem cell research doesn’t understand where they get the cells from. They get it from fetuses that have already been abortioned. It’s either throw the fetuses in the garbage or make use out of them. and even if u ban abortion, people will still do it illegally. So don’t you think it’s better to make some use out of it? I am totally against abortion, yet stem cell research saves so many people!

  • bob June 14, 2010, 2:35 am

    Wotz pplz problem wit Stem cell rezerch anywayz? there just cells and thay save pplz livez so get over it!

  • Chloe September 26, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Wow. So I have to write an arguement for a dabate on embryotic stem cell researsh for my Anatomy and Physiology class. This really helped :)

  • Chloe September 26, 2010, 11:53 pm

    Actually I have always thought that stem cell research was wrong until I did some research for my debate. I found out that embryonic stem cells do not come from abortions. Eggs are harvested by in virto and are fertilized by cell culture. In other words, they are donated eggs that are fertilized in dishes in labratories. I’m glad my misconception was corrected. and Jenna you’re wrong they do not come form aborted babies.

  • Jack October 13, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Stem cell research should be used. It should not be throught of as a bad thing, such as murdering a baby. Stem cell research can provide us many benefits, one of which is curing diseases. Think about this, if your mother or father were at the risk of death, and the only option was to use stem cell research, would you rather loose them because the government banned the use of stem cells or have that “testing” baby killing-which had no influential impact on you or anyone eles?

  • Anne Onymas January 21, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Stem cell research isn’t wrong. It technically isn’t taking the life of an “unborn baby” because a microscopic cluster of 50-100 DNA-less cells is not a life. It’s a blank slate. Embryos for research are *donated* by people who fertilized eggs *IN VITRO* with their consent. It’s not murder or anything like that. Done, finished.

  • Brandon Mills September 4, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Stem Cell research has it’s disadvantages and it’s advantages. It’s agreers and it’s disagreers. It ties in with religion, where God has made the child the way he wants it and then the scientists are going to go in and and change features. The only reason for this researched to be furthured is just for the advancement of fighting disease and finding cures. NOT! For changing features on ALIVE human beings.

  • Kelly Jane November 25, 2012, 10:23 pm

    When was the publication date for this? And the author? I need it for works cited.

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