Stem Cells Research: What is it?

By Hira Hashmi

What is a stem cell?

A stem cell is an unspecialized cell that become differentiated There are several types of stem cells. This includes adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Adult stem cells are multipotent. They're more ethical than embryonic stem cells because embryos are not destroyed in the process. Embryonic stem cells can turn into any type of cell; so they are pluripotent. Induced pluripotent stem cells are unnatural stem cells. They can turn into any type of cell, similar to embryonic stem cells, but they are genetically modified.

Where do stem cells come from?

Embryonic stem cells come from embryos that are only a couple days old. Induced Pluripotent stem cells are genetically programmed to act like embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells come from adult organs and tissues.

How can stem cells be used to treat diseases?

Stem cells can have many advantages, health wise. It can repair brain damage and can reverse severe heart attacks. Organs can also be repaired and nerves could be regenerated. It could potentially treat more diseases as well like Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's disease, etc. This is because they can turn into practically any type of cell in the body.

Our viewpoints on Stem Cell Research

Due to all the diseases stem cells can treat, we believe that stem cell research should be conducted on both embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells. They can prevent and help to cure a number of diseases. Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Parkinson's, etc are some examples of what can be cured by stem cells. They cure the diseases by repairing the body. These are issues that millions of people deal with in the world. For these specific reasons, we think that stem cell research should be continued.
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