President Barack Obama has another ground breaking event happening during his administration. At the end of April, a federal appeals court overturned a ruling that banned the National Institute of Health from financially supporting stem cell research.
“America will only be as strong as our pursuit of scientific research and our leadership in technology and innovation,” said President Obama in regards to this landmark decision.
As a result of the restricted funding for further research, at this time actual cures and for what diseases is not known. However, just the pure science behind human stem cells gives us the hope that further research will be ground breaking.
Some of the possible diseases that might be cured or dramatically affected by stem cell implementation are some cancers , Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, by replacing the bad cells, that these diseases create, with stem cells would create healthy thriving cells to grow in essence curing the disease.
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Stem Cells are also called master cells because all cells derive from stem cells. They are valuable because of their ability to change into any type of tissue. Stem cells are found in the bone marrow, in umbilical cords, and blood stream.
There are several sources of stem cells including Embryonic, Amniotic fluid, adult regular and altered. The most controversial source, and the reason for the bar of funding, is embryonic stem cells. These cells come from four to five day old embryos, and are the most versatile. The controversy is where the cells are deriving from: Donated fertilized eggs in vitro fertilization clinics that were never planted and not needed.
Pro life activists feel using these Embryonic cells are a form of aborting a child, however this is an over dramatic belief in my opinion. These eggs would otherwise be frozen and forgot about. Why not make great use of them to make incredible strides in possibly curing certain disease for good, and make scientific history with the possible finding of the research that now may take place.
We can only make scientific progress, with bold choices and actions, in the industry. The ban of stem cell research funding handicapped much needed advancement, but it is great news for the researchers who already are aware of the possibilities. The funding ban lift means they can now put their research into action.
Adult stem cells are less valuable, even the altered adult cells that have been changed to resemble embryonic stems, because they currently turn into specific cells. However, more recent research proves adult stem cells might just be able to create non-related cells.
The lifting of this ban has such great possibilities for advancement in scientific research. The findings of the future research could mean a decrease in the cost of health care, and more knowledge of just how powerful this master cell can be into changing all of our lives. We all should support such research and be proud of the advancement.