Fetal Tissues And Its Effects

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Fetal tissues are advantageous in medical therapy for a myriad of ways. Most commonly, the fetal tissue cells would be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. More recent breakthroughs show possibilities of the use of fetal tissues for diabetes and an assortment of blood and immune disorders. (Bachoud, 2000) Fetal tissues divide more rapidly than matured tissues, making them better candidates for the experimental medical therapy. (Fackleman,1995) In addition, by using fetal tissues in the transplant, the possibility of the host rejecting the transplant is significantly lower than that of the use of matured tissues. (McCloskey) The objective behind the transplant is to restore the lost functions in a person ridden with a neurodegenerative and otherwise incurable disease. (Bensoussan, 2002) There are billions of nerve cells in a human brain. Neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease cause the selective loss of approximately 500,000 cells in the brain which once performed critical functions. (Bachoud-Levi, 2000) The loss of these cells results in result in devastating, oftentimes fatal symptoms. The course of these disease is often gradual and occurs over many years, producing an overall deterioration of motor skills and brain function. While the cause of neurodegenerative diseases has been theorized, the specifics of the causes are unknown. (Ezzell, 1992) Less than five percent
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