Stem Cell Research
And its Effects
What stem cell research is
Stem Cells are a type of cell that are not specialized. They can divide with a process called mitosis. Mitosis is part in the life cycle of cells. The cell divides into 2 parts that are identical. Stem cells can be found in multicellular organisms like humans and animals. We can take stem cells from people from there umbilical cord blood (when they are born). Some special cells are changed to have a specific function. They are called specialized cells. Stem cells in a developing embryo can turn all the specialized cells (ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm) and still have the usual turnover of regenerative organs (like skin or intestinal tissues. A developing embryo is a fetus that can grow into a human baby are an animal..They can be used as a substitute for other cells as they can be “reprogrammed” but we do not know much about it. That is why we must research more in this exciting field as it might give us cures to previously incurable diseases like alzheimer or diabetes. Stem cells can help with diseases like diabetes by using someone else's stem cells to help the person with the disease. These diseases can be made less worse using stem cells. Stem cells help by replacing cells that are dysfunctional for e.g. they can replace someone's damaged cells if the have Parkinson's disease. There is also a lot of other things to do with stem cells. We just need to research more in the field because with more research we might find ways to cure diseases and we don’t know much about them right now so more research would mean more benefits from stem cells like clones.
Benefits of stem cell research
Stems cell research has a lot of benefits .Stem cells can be an important part of the field of medicine if the research is advanced we could do a whole new array of things with research and studies in any field of science as if the research requires taking things from animals or humans e.g. taking a fingernail from a human is okay since we can regrow them. If their is more research in the field we might be able to revive rare animals or reattach teeth stem cells can be harvested without harming the person that your are taking stem cells from. They might also be used to cure some diseases, and these are just some of the benefits.
Risks of Stem Cell Research
There are many risks with using stem cells for treatment for diseases. Treatments like those introduce stem cells to a infected part of the body so the infected area gets better. Doing that can sometimes make the illness more worse than before. Things like uncontrolled growth might take place in your body. Another risk is that unchecked types of stem cells can be used for treatment. Some commonly used cells are cell from sheep's and sharks. Lastly another risk is that if you go to stem search treatment clinics, there is a chance that you are being scammed and it’s not what it seems like.
Drawbacks of stem cell research
Even though there are some good benefits/uses most of them are not possible until further research in the topic and it is even somewhat dangerous to use till we understand more about stem cells. A lot of people fear that this will be used to clone people or that it will be used unethically as you take stem cells from embryos. People against using embryos say that an embryo counts as life and destroying one life to save one is not ethical. They also think that by doing this the life of a human is ultimately devalued. Of course this is just one of the many different types of stem cell research.
An environmental effect that stem cells have is that they can make plants, animals, and people live longer. This is an environmental effect because it changes have long a plant, animal, or a person would normally live without stem cells. With the help stem cell research many lives have been saved and less people have died in the world. With stem cell research we know that stem cells can change how long a person could live because we know that they can turn into many other cells like a red blood cell or a brain cell and we also know that they can divide to repair and replace tissues that have been damaged.
It is inevitable that the use of stem cells will be sold for a price as most medicines and vaccines are. Jobs will be made as it requires scientists are required to find more in the field and it will be cheaper to use stem cells then medicine/vaccine for the disease that can be cured with both types of treatments. Money would not be spent on prescription and instead spent on buying things which will help stimulate the economy and if we can clone organs that would mean that there would be more healthy people around working more and stimulating the economy.
Social Effects of Stem Cells Research
A social effect of stem cell research is that people might be scared about people being cloned. Some people don’t like the idea of cloning because it rarely works and it’s not natural. People might think scientist will start making people live longer and clone people using stem cell research. Another social effects is that stem cell research can be used to help society. It could be used to make people healthier and to make people live longer. With the help of stem cell research, there is a chance of a healthier workforce to help society better.