BY PAMELA N. MARTINEZ – Staff Writer
Stem cell research has the promise to cure incurable diseases, but is it fair to invest so much money in an experiment that might not even work?
Stem cells have the ability to develop into numerous cell types in one’s body during early life and growth. When a stem cell is divided, each of the new cells have the possibility to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell.
This happens with a greater specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Like many other research topics, there are pros and cons to stem cell research.
The pros of stem cell research are that if successful, many diseases that do not have a cure, can be cured. For example, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, cancer, traumatic spinal cord injury, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, heart disease, vision loss, and hearing loss, could all be cured.
Stem cell research may have the ability to cure people with stem cell therapy or stem cell transplants. Stem cell research also has the ability to cure cancer.
One con of stem cell research is that in order to attempt to find a cure for these diseases, scientists need embryonic stem cells, that come from embryos. Stem cell research is a problem for many people who are against abortion because they do not believe that abortion should be allowed.
Embryonic stem cells are retrieved from embryos that are deceased, so many Pro-Lifers believe stem cell research is as bad as abortion.
There have not been many issues with adult stem cell research because the adult can be alive.
Like many other research topics, there are people who agree and disagree with stem cell research, but the fact remains the same: stem cell research has the potential to help cure diseases.