11/16/2009

Stem Cell Institute


Stem Cell research is one of the most promising scientific endeavors in recent time to find cures for a variety of illnesses. Stem Cells are also a point of great controversy in that many feel the use of stem cells from fetuses is immoral and in great conflict with many religious beliefs. There is research being carried out to find just how much or how little stem cells can provide in the way of curing paralysis, Parkinson's Disease, new drugs to fight cancer, diabetes and a host of other health problems.

Stem cells are different from other cells in that they are capable of renewing themselves. They can also be induced to become organ or tissue cells. Imagine the possibilities for heart patients if stem cell research were to ever reach its maximum potential. Imagine someone with bone cancer having stem cells injected to reproduce new cells for bone marrow. It appears the horizon for stem cell research is limitless. But, at the same time, we must proceed with caution for a variety of reasons. The worst thing a scientist could do is forge ahead in this research, spending millions of dollars, only to discover this research may not be as helpful as first thought.

There are now many scientific communities involved in the research and development of stem cells. One such community is the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which along with other scientists, who are highly involved in the study of stem cell research. Unfortunately, due to controversial nature of stem research itself, funding is an issue in much of this work.

I have mixed feelings about stem cell research. On one hand, I understand the revulsion of those who feel it is immoral to use embryonic stem cells from fetuses. But, on the other hand, there are those who are desperate for this type of research. It is difficult for me to be objective with I am not suffering from bone marrow cancer, diabetes or paralyzed with no hope in my life. It is easy to be presumtious if you don't suffer any disease that stem cell research could aid. Personally, I think both sides of this debate could find common ground that will allow stem cell research to continue unimpeded. Stem cell research gives hope to those who have lost hope of ever living a normal life. I'm not sure I could live with myself if I was one of those people standing in the way of stem cell research.




2 comments:

Like you, I'm very fascinated with Stem Cell research, and I think that Stem Cells if harvested properly, can be really useful in research and for the benefit of mankind in the future. For example, do you know that one of the ways of extracting bone marrow is to harvest is via stem cell?

A well thought out,brief, spot on the subject and nicley honest about your own feelings. Thanks.

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