Learning About Stem Cells And Why Its Use Is An Issue For Others
Stem cells are now gaining popularity, and you may have heard of it in the news, read about it in magazines, blogs or articles, but what are these stems cells and where do they come from?
Most of the cells in the human body are more on differentiated cells, and every human starts out as a single cell, fertilized, divide into different cells and differentiate to become a functional part of the body such as muscle cell or blood cell. Almost all of the cells that are present in the human body is more on what is called differentiated cells, and by basic a human originates from a cell, gets fertilized, divides into several cells and differentiate to become functional parts of the human body like the muscle cells. These stem cells are the cells that have been fertilized and divided but did not differentiate, and they can regenerate and multiply to remain a stem cell or differentiate.
There are two ways into which this stem cell is taken from, one is called embryonic stem cells taken from 2-5 days old embryo, and the adult stem cells taken from bone marrow and fatty tissues from a patient.
Regenerative medicine is the very main beneficial use of stem cells as it has been known to repair or replace tissues or any organ function lost or scarred due to congenital defects, disease, damage, or age. The controversy that lies in stem cells is the argument in taking it from a human embryo which in essence many claimed to be a life being formed already and the with the taking of the stem cells such embryo will be wasted.
This issue has been a debated aspect especially by certain groups that also revolves in the aspect of ethical issues that result in the head to head argument between science and religion.
Another controversy that has been a concern for the use of stem cell is that there are clinics that are using it for treatments for some issues and even diseases with no known treatment as yet and without the appropriate research. Thus the real purpose here of stem cell research is put into question and the validity of proven treatments becomes inevitable because of the false or unverifiable claims made by these clinics.
Make sure that when you decide to use stem cell for any treatment, ensure that the clinic you go through have performed the extensive research in their treatment, and know those that are less reputable that may not be good for you.
As of late, still an extensive research is done to clear out all these controversies in the use of stem cells, and this has continued to show the future of regenerative medicine as it continues to expand.