Pros of Stem Cell Research: Potential Lifesaver for Millions of People
Stem cell research pros and cons have made major headlines for the past couple of years raising public awareness and drawing a lot of public attention to this field of science.
Stem cells are basic and somewhat primitive forms of cells that are intended to develop virtually into any tissue, organ or structure of a human body. This factor makes a foundation for pros of stem cell research and hope for finding cures for many current and future incurable diseases and giving another chance of life to people affected.
There are two forms of stem cells, embryonic that can be obtained from a human embryo or aborted fetus and adult stem cells like umbilical cord blood or bone marrow. Due to modern advances in medical research, scientists are now able to support pros of stem cell research by using exclusively adult stem cells and reverse them to a basic state of embryonic cells within a course of a few days without the need to destroy a human embryo that is considered inhumane in its nature.
So let’s focus on specific pros of stem cell research and what diseases and conditions it can amend in the future.
Cerebral palsy stem cell treatment focuses on injecting a patient with a dosage of his own mesenchymal stem cells directly into spinal fluid in hopes of these stem cells reaching the brain and kicking off a process of brain cell rejuvenation.
Stem cell treatment for autism very similarly involves introduction of patient’s stem cells via a lumbar puncture to provide regeneration of neurons affected by the disease and environmental factors.
Stem cell treatment for heart disease promises hope for helping millions of people with congenital heart failures, heart attacks and other cardiovascular health conditions by literally growing new heart or its parts that are bio-matched to each patient and will eliminate any possibility for graft vs. host disease and devastating side effects of immune suppressive drugs.
Stem cell treatment for arthritis is another innovation approach to help people affected by osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis by growing bio-compatible cartilage implants and restoring mobility to stiff elbows, knees and hips.
Stem cell treatment for diabetes will enable patients with diabetes to start producing their own insulin again and avoiding all the dangerous side effects of uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
Along with strong pros of stem cell research as a potential life savior for millions of people, there are still some arguments against stem cell research, namely about it possible misuse of bio-engineering and cloning that might lead to devastating results sometime in the future.
Let’s hope that pros of stem cell research are able to outweigh all cons, and scientists will finally succeed in their attempts of finding miracle cures and start saving lives.