Essay on Benefits of Stem Cell Research

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Take a minute to imagine a world where some of the diseases once thought to be life threatening or altering could be cured. Diseases including lupus, Lou Gehrig’s disease, arthritis and countless others could very well be treatable. Many would consider a treatment like this to be considered a miracle, but miracle treatment is this, which can help numerous people with their pain and help alter the dismal quality of life that countless others are facing but, yet is denounced as an act against God? Now what if I told you that this life altering biomedical research wasn’t getting done, instead it’s being deliberated, tarnished and thrown to the way side by American politics and scorned in the court of public opinion due to a misinterpretation. …show more content…
Numerous people will argue their points without complete knowledge of the topic at hand basing their argument off of second hand accounts of others be it the media or friends and family. Never stopping for a moment to do research on their own never asking themselves, what exactly are stem cells? “Stem cells are a unique group of unspecialized type of cell found in embryos, and some adult body tissues that has the potential to develop into specialized cells or divide into other stem cells. These cells are most commonly derived from blastocyst which is achieved through in vitro fertilization, which is fertilization outside of the womb. Blastocysts are the beginning of an embryo only a few days old, and are hollow balls of upwards of one hundred cells, and these cells will eventually divide into the two hundred and twenty types of cells in your body currently.” (What are Stem Cells?) Researchers cannot continue to wait much longer past this point with the legal strains being forced upon them by the government there, allotment of stem cell cultures has resulted in the degrading of the stem cells they do have for research therefore limiting the usefulness of the cells. Research in an effort to continue this critical research have found out there is a possibility to take adult skin cells and alter these to act similar to embryonic stem cells but this is not an end all