Branching Out With Stem Cells

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Anonymous Duck Hour 8 Edited by Branching Out With Stem Cells Imagine a child, no more than six years old, with a failing liver. There is no way for that child to receive a functional liver because of the waiting list for organs. That child will almost certainly die waiting for that liver, and never get close to the top of the list. The main reason for this is quite simple: there are not nearly enough organs available for transplant to save the people that need them. Because the research of stem cells isn’t developed or funded well enough for functional organs to be made, many people will die waiting for the organs. But, if funding and support was provided, lives would be saved instead of lost. Stem cells should be used in more clinical…show more content…
Those people also argue that society would begin to accept the concept or destroying one potential life in order to save another. The final source of embryonic stem cells is opposed only because people find creating an embryo only to destroy it later is morally wrong and inhumane. Those that are in favor or neutral to creating the embryos point out that it is acceptable for an embryo that is created accidentally to be destroyed as a consequence of pregnancy, but to create an embryo with the intent to use the stem cells it is composed of to save a life is wrong (Hug). The second type of stem cell are pluripotent stem cells. Pluripotent stem cells come from fetal tissues instead of the embryo itself. Fetal tissues include the umbilical cord and the blood inside it, and the placenta. There is also a second kind of pluripotent stem cell. These stem cells are called induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs. iPSCs are stem cells were adult stem cells, but have been reprogrammed into their embryonic stages. Though iPSCs resemble human embryonic stem cells, they are not usually accepted into the body, and so they are introduced to other adult stem cells with a virus that has caused some cancers to develop (National Institutes of Health). Also, there is the concern for the risk of disease caused by stem cells that has people standing against the use of the stem cells. The number one concern with the iPSCs is cancer, due to the virus used to

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