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Stemming Out: One Cell at a Time

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Stemming Out: One Cell at a Time

To every end there is a new beginning, but only if you allow it. Hundreds of thousands of patients could be saved at this very moment with a single cure but many question it. Stem cells have recently been discovered and have plenty of newfound helpful uses. From curing disease, to organ transplants and new limbs, and even cloning are possible with these simple cells. There are those who oppose it while claiming that stem cells are unethical but the facts point otherwise. Stem cells should be legal in the U.S. From embryonic to adult stem cells and all the uses each have, the good outweighs the bad.

Embryonic stem cells are a major controversy in the political world but a life saver in the world of biogenetics. The controversy is that embryonic stem cells are found in human embryos or in other words people when the fetus is in the blastocyst stage. But what critics don't know is that a lot more researchers are lessening up on the stem cells from embryos. Other ways they get it is from a miscarriage with the parents consent so everything is ethical. Many scientists believe that research on embryonic stem cells can be morally justified whether or not the embryos being used have the potential to develop into human beings. Other scientists would say that an embryo isn't alive yet and can't think for itself so it's not classified as a living organism yet. Even scientists who say that embryo's could be considered human beings contend that wise regulations can ensure that stem cell research is preformed in an ethical manner. But why embryonic stem cells are so popular is because they have so many different uses. They're so versatile in the sense in that scientist's would be able to produce almost any part of the human anatomy and other organisms. That's where Adult stem cells fall flat. The possibilities are endless. They're one flaw is that they're difficult to control when in growing them. A minor percentage of them can turn cancerous if not delicately watched. Scientists have also preformed tests with female monkeys. If they take unspecialized female monkey eggs and fertilize them with a male sperm then they can get the same sort of embryonic stem cells that humans produce. While all of these new found substitutes for embryonic stem cells have been found it is still legal for the research of stem cells by private companies. It's the public companies that the laws and regulations are aimed at. There is yet another flaw that presides with embryonic stem cells. If a patient were to use embryonic stem cells, they're body might go through a phase called rejection. Some medicines cause this depending on blood type and other factors. But this is when the body recognizes either the medicine or in the patient's case, embryonic stem cells, it will reject it and attack the help being out in to the body. This is with extreme

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