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Stem Cells: The Future Of Medicine

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What if there was a cure for cancer or a treatment for spinal injuries? Would you support the research? What if there was a way that you could repair damaged nerves. Some believe that stem cells may hold the answers to some of these questions. What are stem cells and why should you or I even care about them? Some believe that they are a miracle treatment waiting to happen while others believe that stem cells are highly immoral. Why does so much controversy surround the issue? Why is the conversation of stem cells feared by some and praised by others? To some stem cells are the medical hopes for the future, something for us to hang on to as we do battle with major diseases that include cancer, Parkston’s disease and spinal injuries. To others stem cell researchers are murderers who are trying to play God’s hand. A many have pledged their support to stem cell research including a few well known celebrities. Reeves’, who was best known for his role in the early Superman movies, and J. Fox two well-known celebrities, have pledged to stem cell research, both have created a private fund for the research of stem cells. This celebrity however has not swayed everyone to support stem cell researches cause. Just as there are supporters of stem cells there are those who believe that the use of stem cells is immoral. Since the first stem cells were separated there have been doctors, religious groups and even some political figure head have shown their opposition for stem cell research. Even with the knowledge and promise that stem cells show many of those who truly oppose stem cells have not changed their mind. The question is are their reasons good enough to halt the research of stem cell or are they just holding back what will soon be inevitable, the research of stem cells. I believe that the current success that stem cell researchers have shown proves that stem cell research deserves support from Americans and funding from our government. In my research paper I will explain the objections that stem cell researchers and supporters face, some real world examples of stem cell success, I will explain what stem cells are and our potential for using stem cells in a way that they can benefit Americans as a whole and I will explain what the future holds for stem cell researchers.

So what exactly are stem cells and how can they be put to use to help Americans in their fight against deadly disease and nerve damage? There are a million and one hopes for stem cell research. Some believe that stem cells hold the answer for many deadly medical conditions like cancer, spinal injury and damaged nerves. According to Brendan Aylesworth human embryonic stem cells are often described as “master cells” able to develop into any other type of cell in the human body. According to Evelyn Kelly there are three important characteristics that distinguish them from other cells. First they are unspecialized cells that renew themselves for long periods through cell division. Two...

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