You must have heard the buzz about stem cell research, almost everyone seems to be having an opinion about it, and so do I?

So, what are stem cells? These are a group of special cells that have the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture giving rise to specialized cells.

And as a result, they have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during the first trimester of pregnancy and growth.

In many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive.

Because of this remarkable potential to develop and divide, making new cells, each new cell can either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specific function, such as a red blood cell or muscle cell.

Consequently, they are collectively advertised as having unique regenerative abilities.

These abilities have excited scientists all over the world, who have used these cells to treat common diseases such as cancers and genetic disorders to mention but a few.

stemcellresearchSo, with that said, my opinion is that stem cell research is so important, it should be encouraged and promoted, with the aim to enable scientists to learn more about these cells’ essential properties and what makes them different from other specialized cell types.

Although, it is evident that some of this kind of research require a continuous flow of embryo cells, a touchy subject to many people, who question the relevance of this research.

Probably not everyone will agree that this work is relevant and important, but chances are we all want to get well when we are ill/sick.

But what are your chances when you are struck down with a diagnosis of a disease that has no cure and researchers are working tirelessly day and night in the laboratory trying to crack the puzzle?

It’s this crossroad that would make you realize how important research on stem cell is and its relevance.

As you slightly, come to terms with the final blow of your prognosis, you will probably then acknowledge that this kind of research is indeed an important part of advanced science that can indeed save lots of lives.

Another may argue, saying that the use of these embryo cells in this research, is violating the rights of the unborn human being that has already developed into cells.

Although this argument may carry some minimal weight, the embryos at this point cannot be classified as human beings, and the embryos that are used during stem cell research are largely obtained from donor fertility clinics that would have thrown the embryos away anyway.

So, if research to save lives by finding solutions to certain problematic diseases can find use of these embryos, where is the harm in that, rather than letting the embryos go to waste.

For the above reasons, I am of the strongest opinion that stem cell research should be advanced and encouraged, because it has a lot of benefits and contributions to scientific research and science as whole.

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