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Stem Cells: Are Stems Cells able to Generate Cartilage and Bone? - A stem cell being able to make cartilage and bone seems like a preposterous idea, does it not. With the invention of the microscope in the 1800’s, it was not long before scientists were able to discern that some cells were able to generate and change into other cells. This was the beginning of stem cell research. In 1961, Dr.’s Till and McCullough were studying the effects of radiation on the bone marrow of mice, when they discovered the existence of multipotent stem cells. In 1998, James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isolated human embryonic stem cells, then demonstrated how they specialize and rejuvenate....   [tags: human embryo, stem cells]
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What You Should Know about Stem Cells - What You Should Know about Stem Cells A topic of extended scientific and ethical debate in our society as of late has been the question of Stem Cell research. Going down this path could yield unprecedented medical leaps in treatment and prevention that medicine will be able to offer. Before I address the debate of whether or not Stem Cell research should be done, I want to first explain to my readers what stem cells are, how they come to be and what we can use them for. We must first start with the different types of cells, I will explain them as I take you through part of the fetal development process....   [tags: Stem Cells Science Ethics Biology Essays]
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Role in Inducing and Maintaining the Pluripotency of Mice Embryonic Stem Cells - Several members of the zinc finger family of proteins are key components in the transcriptional network maintaining pluripotency in embryonic stem cells. The mouse zinc finger protein 322a (Zfp322a) is expressed in embryonic stem cells and the ICM. Thus Ma et al. 2014 hypothesized that Zfp322a functions as a transcription factor in mice. Ma et al. (2014) discovered that Zfp322a is an irreplaceable transcription factor which enhances the reprogramming ability of OKSM (Oct4,  Klf4, Sox2, and c-Myc) and can replace Sox2 in OKSM in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)....   [tags: zinc finger, mouse stem cells ]
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Embryonic Stem Cells and Adult Stem Cells - ... For example, MSC’s, the stem cells are present in all organs but are best collected in the bone marrow. The MSC’s can be functionally different, depending on their collection site. These adult stem cells which are taken from the umbilical cord cannot form into osteoblasts, chondrocytes and cardiomyocytes. Another way to use adult stem cells is to transplant them. A method of stem cell transplantation is allogenic hemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). It has become quite common in the last 50 years to treat inherited and immunohematological diseases, sickle cell disease, types of leukemia, and various types of cancer (even solid tumors) such as renal cell cancer, breast cancer, an...   [tags: genetic engineering and health] 909 words
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Stem Cells: The Future of Medicine - What if there was a cure for cancer or a treatment for spinal injuries. Would you support the research. What if there was a way that you could repair damaged nerves. Some believe that stem cells may hold the answers to some of these questions. What are stem cells and why should you or I even care about them. Some believe that they are a miracle treatment waiting to happen while others believe that stem cells are highly immoral. Why does so much controversy surround the issue. Why is the conversation of stem cells feared by some and praised by others....   [tags: spinal injuries, repair damaged nerves]
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A Brief Examination of Stem Cells - “Stem cell therapies may be able to treat cardiovascular disease, spinal cord disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers” (Panno xi). Supporters and advocates of stem cell research say that if well-funded, stem cell research programs may launch a new chapter in medicine. People like Christopher Reeve, paralyzed during a horse riding accident, dedicated the last years of his life “to an effort to promote... human embryonic stem cell research” because he felt stem cell exploration was worthy of national attention (Black 8)....   [tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Therapy]
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Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells - According to Nancy Reagan, “Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to alleviate so much suffering. Surely, by working together, we can harness its life-giving potential.” The increase in understanding of what is possible with stem cells, has led the topic of stem cell research to become one of the biggest social issues of our time. Over the last couple of decades, it has come down to two main types of stem cells: embryonic and those derived from adults. This is where the lines are drawn and arguments break out, because of personal morals and ethics....   [tags: health research, genetic technology]
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The Discovery of Embrionic Stem Cells - ... Take a stem cell and take out its nucleus, replace it with your nucleus and grow any organ you need. Adult stem cells come from adults, kids, babies, placenta, and the umbilical cord. Taking adult stem cells is considered safe and typically will not hurt anyone. On the other hand, embryonic stem cells are more flexible, but less stable. The feedback from the embryo though is ruined in the process of removing the cell. Doctors have used stem cells for curing sicknesses. Doctors have used stem cells for heart diseases by replacing the damaged heart tissue with the stem cell....   [tags: identical copies, bone marrow, eggs] 1930 words
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The Study of Stem Cells - ... As says Sheng Ding, a chemist at Scripps Research Institute, "We think if you understand what the signals are that control stem cell fate--and we know there are stem cells reserved in pretty much all the tissues in adults--we can possibly develop small-molecule therapeutics or other types of therapeutics that stimulate in vivo regeneration. That [for us] would be the ultimate goal of stem cell research. We think those therapeutics will be the future of regenerative medicine, not just the stem cell" (Dalton)....   [tags: history of chemistry, genetic engineering] 888 words
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Uses for Embryonic Stem Cells - ... This does not appeal to America, because of the problems associated with the research. The problem with embryonic stem cell research is that those who oppose, and those who support it will never agree on a compromise. To those who support the research, stem cell research is a valuable asset that should not be overlooked simply because of the way they are harvested; Instead, stem cells should be recognized for their potential to save billions of lives.. Those who oppose the research believe it is an immoral evil task to take away embryos from a donated fetus and destroy them to potentially find a cure ( Hollowell 1).In vast polls, America as a whole does not support the use of taxpayer...   [tags: genetic engineering and health]
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Different Types of Stem Cells - Stem cells have the ability to grow and multiply into many different cells in the early life of the body. Stem cells help to replace dead and or damaged cells in the human body. These stem cells are found inside the body, inside our organs and tissues such as in our skin and liver. Each stem cell helps its organ or tissue such as if the liver is damaged, the liver stem cells would repair the liver. There are four main types of stem cells: adult, fetal and embryonic. Each of these stem cells acts in a different way and have their own nature....   [tags: biology, cells, organs, tissues]
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All About Stem Cells - ... These type of stem cells require special signals to be given to them before they can differentiate. If they are just purely injected they can differentiate into many different cells.Embryonic Stem Cells are a potential source for tissue replacement after cuts/injuries. Adult Stem Cells An adult stem cell is an undifferentiated cell, found among differentiated cells in a tissue or organ that can renew itself and can differentiate to yield some or all of the major specialized cell types of the tissue or organ....   [tags: differentiation, repair, controversy] 1392 words
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Adult and Embryonic Stem Cells - ... Can you imagine a world free of disease. Well, what if I told you that the first step to such a place could be found in the study of a simple cell. Recently, a renewed interest has been taken into a specific type of cell called the stem cell. According to Wikipedia, stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and through mitosis (division of a cell in the nucleus), and can divide to produce more stem cells. These cells can be divided into two groups; adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells....   [tags: destruction of an embryo, unethical] 712 words
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The Ethics of Stem Cells - ... When the embryonic stem cells are collected the ball of cells has not yet been through tissue or organ development and none of the cell have differentiated yet. Cells that are undifferentiated are called stem cells. “Embryos do not survive the harvesting of stem cells; indeed, the stem cells are the embryos” (Panno 74). When the embryonic stem cells are taken from the ball of cells the ball of cells has no organ development because it has not yet gone through cellular differentiation. Embryonic stem cells are pure stem cells uncommitted to any body lineage they may be greatly improve the availability of diverse cell types urgently needed in medicine....   [tags: bioengineering, genetics]
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In Support of Stem Cells - Though controversial in nature, the extraction, research, and use of human stem cells has been one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern science. The power within these programmable and adaptable cells promises a brighter future for medical advancement such as freedom for those burdened with diseases and disorders. The evidence and factual support for the use of stem cells conveys the gravity of this prospect. Stem cells come from a variety of sources. The two main sources are embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells....   [tags: Multiple Sclerosis, Harvesting Technology]
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Viva La Stem Cells - Stem cells are the miracle cure for patients that had lost hope. This deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) technology of the 21st century has change the paradigm for the treatment of diseases that were thought of as incurable. Patients with diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, cancer, and many more, are now beginning to believe that they may recover. The promise of stem cell research has developed significantly in response to novel DNA technology. Since 1998 when the first stem cells were isolated from human embryos and maintained in cell culture, scientists and the community at large have struggled to harness their full potential....   [tags: Medical Research]
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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells - Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Stem cell research debates have echoed from class to class, and to hear that someone actually has a solution to this paradox, which can really compromise two very stubborn points of views, I could not but write my report about what I thought of a very “enlightening” article: 1. Objective analysis. Maureen L Condic’s “Getting stem cells rights” serves to emphasize the ethical part of stem cells research as it tries to ground the whole debate and market a new prospect of an embryonic stem cell called the induced pluripotent stem c...   [tags: research, analysis, author]
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Treatment Using Stem Cells - ... Many people like to involve themselves with something that they do not really care about just because. Other people like to involve themselves in order to push a personal agenda, be it political or religious. When it comes to stem cell research, the people that are actually effected and whose opinions really matter are the investors, the scientists, and, possibly, the embryos. The easiest group of people to consider is the investors. Aside from the people who provide the funds for the research, investors include the people who give their genetic information to the research, including their eggs....   [tags: embryonic, adult, multipotent, pluripotent] 669 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells Research - Embryonic stem cells research is a very conflicting subject in the United States. Some people think that it is morally and religiously incorrect as they are killing a human life at the first stage of life. While some think it is ok because the human life to them starts at the fetus or when the fetus can feel pain. In this paper we are going to discuss the total aspect of embryonic stem cell research: how the government takes play in the study of embryonic stem cells, how embryonic stem cells have help out people so far, and what are embryonic stem cells....   [tags: Biology] 1014 words
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Biomedical Engineering: Stem Cells - Biomedical engineering has become a growing field over the past couple years. The new advances and research that stem from biomedical engineers can solve problems that would have never have been able to be solved before. Engineers have been working on new technology that will utilize stem cells in order to save lives and treat diseases. The stem cells that are used for treatment are called embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are formed from five-day old human embryos that the embryos are essentially human beings ("In Stem-cell Research” Para....   [tags: devices, technology, 3D bioprinting]
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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells - ... Although the National Institute of Health states that “it is not known if iPSCs and embryonic stem cells differ in clinically significant ways”, iPSCs are already being used to achieve the same results as ESCs in some applications without the use of embryos, removing the ethical concern associated with ESCs (National Institutes of Health, 2009). ESCs are capable of differentiating into all cell types, and can be used as a source of differentiated cells. In the report by Itskovitz-Eldor et al., they discuss the induced differentiation of ESCs in suspension into embryoid bodies, including the three embryonic germ layers....   [tags: genetic engineering, therapy development]
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Stem Cells - Stem cells are used every day throughout the United States to help cure diseases and save lives. Stem cells can also be used to study labor defects so that future birth deficiencies can be prevented or reversed. Although as a college student starting a family may not be on your mind yet, it is always beneficial to educate yourself on current trends and new discoveries in stem cell research. Andres Travino and his wife were excited when their son Andy was born ten years ago. Andy prayed and hoped for a healthy baby despite the fact that his wife was a carrier of a genetic gene called NEMO, which caused the immune system to fail....   [tags: Medical Research]
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Controversy in the Use of Embryonic Stem Cells - ... If a person stores their stem cells earlier in life, the usefulness of them would be extremely high later in life (Preserving Stem Cells). A stem cell is more advantageous at a younger age, thus why embryonic stem cells extraordinarily useful. If a person was against the use of stem cells as regenerative medicine or just the use of embryonic stem cells in general, they might focus on how the embryo is destroyed. The stem cells in the blastocyst (embryo) are located in the inner cell mass. When the stem cells are extracted from an embryo, the embryo is destroyed (What are Stem Cells)....   [tags: miracle cells, genetic research]
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Stem Cells - Introduction Stem cells are a certain type of cells that are classified by their ability to differentiate into different tissues. They are also self- renewing cells. There are three different types of stem cells that have been discovered (Iwamori, Iwamori, & Matzuk M., 2012). The types are embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Research is currently being done to analyze the potential medical benefits of stem cells. There are also many different ethical questions surrounding stem cells (Shahid & Irshad, 2012)....   [tags: tissue, ethics, embryonic, adult, pluripotent]
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Stem Cells, a Titanic Debate of Bioethics - Scientists around the world are determined to find answers to the most challenging questions in life. Stem cell research is the product of striving to find answers to severe medical conditions. There’s strong evidence to support this research as a viable option for regenerative medicine in treating the nervous system and neurological disorders. Stem cells have proved to be beneficial for finding the cures needed to treat cancers and diseases such as diabetes, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease (stemcyte)....   [tags: genetic engineering, medical conditions, dna]
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Stem Cells Research: Why or Why Not? - In our society, new medical technology is constantly being developed to detect, treat, and heal diseases, with many of them being successful. However, what about the diseases that have no current cure. Billions of dollars are spent on research for terminal diseases such as cancer, nervous system disorders, heart disorders, etc., yet there never seems to be a definite cure for these diseases. Undoubtedly, many people have heard of stem cells, which are cells found in the human body that have the ability to derive, self-renew, differentiate, and amplify into new, healthy, unspecialized cells, such as nerve, cardiac, liver, and blood cells.1 These cells could have the capacity to heal many dise...   [tags: medical technology, human cloning]
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Using Stem Cells for Therapeutic Approaches - ... Secondly, the use of fluorescence microscopy to detect the presence of cell markers and transcription factors such as Nanog and Sox respectively .When present, these factors indicate the presence of undifferentiated cells, which is an attribute of embryonic stem cells. Finally if the grown cell leads to teratoma formation when injected into a mouse with a suppressed immune system this can validate that the cell is an embryonic stem cell. Another type of stem cell of focus are the adult stem cells....   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine] 2281 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells In Scientific Research - Most cells in our bodies are specialised to do a particular job. Like white blood cells are good at fighting off invaders, but they can’t carry oxygen like red blood cells. Stem cells on the other hand have the remarkable potential to develop into many different types of cell in the body. In addition, in many tissues they serve as an initial repair system, dividing without limits to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to remain a stem cell or become a more specialised cell....   [tags: Ethics] 592 words
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The Pros and Cons of Stem Cells Use - The primary cells that divide to create new cells in the human body are stem cells. There are different types of stem cells, with different capabilities. There are some that can only create certain types of cells, while others can create almost any type of cell, and some cells that have differentiated can turn back into stem cells. Stem cells not only have the capability to divide to create new cells, but they are flexible enough to turn themselves into different types of cells. The trouble is that this differentiation, with some exceptions, is a one-way process....   [tags: Pro Con Essays] 1958 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells - ... They even show promise as a treatment for cancers, spinal cord injuries, and diabetes. Everyday, people wish for a cure for cancer or other serious diseases, but stem cells could be the cure they are looking for. Stem cell research is thought to be a controversial topic because the cells are from eight-celled human embryos called blastocysts. Blastocysts are about five days old and are disassembled, then grown in cultures to create stem cell lines. The argument is that it’s wrong to destroy a potential human life, even to benefit others....   [tags: blastocysts, organs, donors]
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Embryonic Stem cells - Introduction Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in multi-cellular organisms that can proliferate by mitosis to produce either more stem cells or specialized cells that differentiate into the different organs and tissues. In scientific research, stem cells have been obtained and developed from different sources which include: Embryonic Stem cells Embryonic stem cells (ESC) are pluripotent cells that have the potential of proliferating indefinitely into any of the 3 germ layers of cells - endoderm (which differentiate further to specialized cells of the interior stomach lining, gastrointestinal tract, the lungs), mesoderm (which differentiate further to specialized cells of the muscle...   [tags: bone marrow, mammary gland]
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Stem Cells - Medicine has been one of the driving forces behind human development and technology. At times, there are certain groups who have ethical issues with certain medical advancements throughout history. For example, the mid-20th century was the beginning of the controversy of religion vs. medicine through birth control and the eventual Supreme Court ruling in favor of supporters of birth control in Roe v. Wade. Presently, there have been some of the greatest feats accomplished in medicine’s fight on cancer and body repairing through stem cells....   [tags: Medical Advancement, Embryos, Studies]
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Mesenchymal Stem Cells - According to the Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (1). The medical community is constantly looking for new technologies and discoveries to treat heart disease more effectively. Methods include mechanical based therapies such as artificial heart valves and drug based approaches as with anticoagulant medications. Recently, exciting new discoveries have been made by the scientific community in the development of stem cell based therapies....   [tags: Heart Disease, Medicine, Treatments]
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Embryonic Stem Cells - Embryonic cells should be allowed to be used because of the medical benefits they provide. They can be used to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, traumatic spinal cord injury, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, heart disease, and even vision and hearing loss (nih.gov 2009). There is no problem using them for medical purposes and it is not immoral to use them for this reason. Embryonic cells have the potential to save lives. Therefore, the usage of embryonic cells outweighs the ethical issues....   [tags: Moral Issues]
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Ethical Theories of Embryonic Stem Cells - Researching the future potential of embryonic stem cells is the new hot topic debate in ethics. The moral objections from two opposing sides clash in a political and ethical battle of who is correct. Each faction tries to define the classification of what deserves unalienable human rights. Likewise, determining what is classified as human behavior such as sentiment, interests and pain has been the ground on which pro-stem cell research stand. Since these embryos share only genetic similarities and no human characteristics, it is permissible to this stance to kill them in the name of medicine....   [tags: ethics, kantianism, utilitarianism, embryo, human]
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Mesenchymal Stem Cells: The Possibilities are Endless - Mesenchymal stem cells have been used in treatments for years, however the general public was just unaware. Bone marrow transplants are stem cell therapies. Years ago, these transplants were expensive and uncommon, but today they are performed all the time. Conditions such as degenerative disk disease could be effectively treated without the need for long term medications to decrease the chance of host rejection, spinal surgeries, and would greatly improve the quality of life of the individual by continuing mesenchymal stem cell research....   [tags: treatments, bone marrow transplant, therapies]
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Hematopoietic Stem Cells - ... Osteoblasts are bone- forming cells that line the bone-surface. HSCSs are present in close association with osteoblasts (Gong, 1978). First evidence indicating osteoblast as HSC niche came from the study of Taichman and Emerson in 1994. They found that human osteoblast can support hematopoiesis in vitro (Taichman and Emerson, 1994). Subsequently, two independent studies revealed that increase in the number of osteoblasts results in the expansion of number of HSCs. Elevation in the number of osteoblasts was achieved genetically by either the conditional ablation of a BMP receptor type 1a (BMPr 1a) or by the activation of parathyroid hormone-related protein receptor (PPR)(Calvi et al., 200...   [tags: nervous system in the HSC niche] 734 words
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Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Curing Disease - ... Parkinson’s is a nervous system disorder that affects movement and motor control. Studies have shown that stem cells reduced some effects associated with Parkinson’s. A study taking human cord blood cells and using them on mice affected with Alzheimer’s showed the stem cells migrating to the affected parts of the brain and reducing the beta amyloids. The effectiveness of this study on mice has led to trials with humans also. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease characterized by insoluble protein deposits in the brain called beta amyloids....   [tags: genetic engineering and medicine] 701 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells - Since the advent of embryonic stem cells, scientists all over the world have tried to come to terms with the endless possibilities these cells hold, harnessing them to create synthetic organs, and cure previously incurable diseases. However, embryonic stem cells face much opposition in terms of the ethics involved in obtaining these cells from both embryos and mothers, as well as the possible health risks associated with them. Even so, this field shows a great deal of promise, and should not be disregarded solely due to these issues....   [tags: Biology, Synthetic Organs] 1262 words
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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) - Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have the capacity to have a widespread impact on biomedical research and therapeutic approaches to an array of diseases and disorders. These stem cells are of extreme potency because they can self-renew in culture while maintaining the capability to become virtually any cell type (Zhu and Huangfu, 2013). While there are many ethical concerns regarding embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells arise from adult somatic cells that can be reprogrammed to enter the pluripotent state and have similar characteristics of embryonic stem cells such as having normal karyotypes, expression of telomerase activity, cell surface markers and genes, as well a...   [tags: the potential to change medicine]
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Study: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) - CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), also known as marrow stromal cells, comprise of a rare population of multipotent progenitor cells that possess high self-renewal ability and great potential to differentiate into tissues of mesenchymal lineages including bone, adipose, cartilage, tendon, skeletal muscle (Friedenstein et al. 1974a; Pittenger et al. 1999; Reyes et al. 2001). In fact, MSC have been shown to differentiate into tissue of non-mesenchymal lineages such as cardiac muscle (Arminan et al....   [tags: Medicine] 887 words
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What Women Will Do for Money - Should economically vulnerable young women be targeted because they need money and are willing to sacrifice their health for it. Ethics and morals should be guiding the collection of stem cells. Instead, science is conducting harmfully irretrievable guidance, with a nonchalance attitude about the health of young women. Scientists are in dire need of stem cells, they are targeting young women to get them without disclosing all possible health risks. Researchers are offering ridiculous amounts of money to college women for their eggs....   [tags: Stem Cells]
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Moral and Ethical Issues Relating to Stem Cells Research - Stem cells offer exciting promise for future therapies, but significant technical hurdles remain that will only be overcome through years of intensive research. Stem Cells have the incredible potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. Scientists primarily work with two kinds of stem cells from animals and humans. The embryonic stem cells and the non-embryonic stem cells. Stem cells are the cells from which all other cells originate. In a human embryo, a large portion of the embryo’s cells are stem cells....   [tags: research, ethics, disease] 853 words
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The Debate over Steem Cell Research - Looking for a Cure The debate over stem cell research has split people into two sides. There are people who support and the other side opposes. Mona Charen, a mother of a ten year old son with diabetes, voices her position on embryonic stem cell research in an article called “The Misleading Debate on Stem-Cell Research” (Rottenberg, 335-336). Her position is that she opposes research on embryonic stem cells. She believes the research is immoral and should not be researched by scientists. Most people who oppose embryonic stem cell research are religious because they believe killing an embryo is immoral....   [tags: embryonic cells, finding a cure]
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Stem Cells: The Cure for Uncontrollable Diseases of the Past - ... Naturally, he shares this belief with many people especially those viewing this from a religious standpoint. Religiously, people regard the use of embryonic stem cells as unnecessarily throwing away the lives of humans in the name of medical advancement, which, in the end, does not justify it. Some have even gone further to support this belief by citing part of the Hippocratic Oath which states “first, do no harm” (Kiessling 184-94). The opponents of embryonic stem cells stick to the belief that destroying one human’s life to save and cure others is not worth it because it makes you wonder, where will the line be drawn....   [tags: Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig, Alzheimer's disease] 1262 words
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Potential Medical Benefits of Embryonic Stem Cells - ... (Weissman, 2005, p. 1). “This might be achieved not only from living donors but eventually from classic embryonic stem cell lines or from donor-specific nuclear transfer stem cell lines” (Weissman, 2005, p. 1). Weissman and his other scientists have also found a way using mice to place embryonic stem cells in a malignant cell. Once the stem cell has entered the cell, it will flush the cancer cell and self-repair the cell to rebuild the tissue. (Weissman, 2005, p. 1). Therefore, embryonic stem cell research should be continued for medical research....   [tags: scientific advances, curing diseases] 1006 words
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Stem Cells Research: Revolutionizing the Medical Field - “Now science has presented us with a hope called stem research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that have for so long been beyond our grasp.” The words of former first lady Nancy Reagan unerringly illustrate the potential of stem cell research throughout the world. Throughout the existence of the human race, we have constantly uncovered the unknown. Learning everything there is to know about ourselves has led to a huge library of useful knowledge that continues to grow. By analyzing the human body, we have been able cure many injuries and illnesses, but not all of them....   [tags: science, organs, tissue, embryonic cells]
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Stem Cells: The Most Important Cells in the Medical Field - ... Embryonic stem cells are taken from the inner cell mass of a blastocyst. The inner cell mass is the cluster of cells that form in the beginning of human development. The problem with taking embryonic stem cells from the growing embryo is that it kills the embryo. This has sparked the debate over when human life officially begins and has led to much controversy over the use of human embryonic stem cells in research and treatment. It is unfortunate because embryonic stem cells have unique properties that make them very valuable to the scientific field....   [tags: advancing treatment for diseases] 1272 words
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Stem Cells May Have The Answer to Cure Cancer - ... (“Stem Cells Basics”) Cells that have been in cell culture for about six months or more without differentiating are called pluripotent cells. This means that the cell can differentiate but it cannot maintain full organismal maturity. Stem cells should be used by scientists and researchers because stem cells can treat diseases, replace damaged cells, and test new treatments or medicine. Stem cells are capable of curing illnesses through using cell-based remedies which is also known as regenerative medicine....   [tags: defects, human body, fertilization] 1163 words
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Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Treatment of Heart Disease - According to the Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (1). The medical community is constantly looking for new technologies and discoveries to treat heart disease more effectively. Methods include mechanical based therapies such as artificial heart valves and drug based approaches as with anticoagulant medications. Recently, exciting new discoveries have been made by the scientific community in the development of stem cell based therapies....   [tags: Depeartment of Health, Human Services]
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Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells - Stem cells relate to the person health of an individual. Stem cells have the remarkable ability to develop into many different cell types in the body. Able to be a repair system for the body, they can divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person alive and able to provide nutrients to the cells. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell....   [tags: essays research papers] 1111 words
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Stem Cells in the Treatment of Diabetes - Stem Cells in the Treatment of Diabetes Diabetes mellitus affects 18 million people in the U.S. alone (8.7% of the population) and more than 190 million worldwide. The prevalence of diabetes has increased alarmingly in the past three decades and, corresponding to global dietary and lifestyle trends, is projected to nearly double in the next ten years (1). Although diabetes can be treated, serious complications from improperly managed diabetes are common and can lead to death. Recent reports suggest that one of the most promising potential treatments may come from the use of stem cells, undifferentiated cells that can be coaxed into becoming insulin-producing islet-like cells that reduce d...   [tags: Diabetes Mellitus Science Health Essays]
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Progress in the Reasearch on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells - ... Induced pluripotent stem cells do not face ethical issues, they have ES cell-like morphology and properties. Further, they express some of the genes specific for ES cells, do not undergo immune rejection when autologously transplanted and can be differentiated to any of the three germ lineages (ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm) (Zhao J. et al., 2013). On the other side, lentiviral or retroviral vector method is unpredictable – the virus expression can be reactivated when iPS cells differentiate....   [tags: reprogramming, fibroblasts, disease] 535 words
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Therapeutic Benefits of Stem Cells - Therapeutic Benefits of Stem Cells A stem cell is a cell which can differentiate into any other type of cell in the body. It can become a blood cell, a liver cell, or even a nerve cell. The only problem with stem cells is that they can only be found in the bone marrow of living humans or the gonadal tissue of developing fetuses. There are many people who believe that stem cells are the miracle cure for cancer, Parkinson’s, and many other terminal diseases, but there are large groups of people opposed to the use of stem cells because of the means by which they are attained....   [tags: Science Health Technology Essays]
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The Differences Betweet Sickle Cell Trait and Sickle Cell Anemia - ... When red blood cells carrying hemoglobin S release their oxygen to the tissue, they change from round to sickle shaped (XXXX). Hence the name sickle cell anemia. Who is at risk for sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is most common in people whose families come from Africa, South or Central America, Caribbean islands, and Mediterranean countries (such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy), India, and Saudi Arabia (XXXX). It seems to me that people with dark complexion or whose ancestors had a dark complexion are at risk for sickle cell anemia or sickle cell trait....   [tags: protien, blood, genes] 656 words
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Investigating the Use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Neurodegenerative Disorders - ... et al., p. 92). Investigators dissected the brains of these rats and removed their meninges to conduct further research. Brain stem neuronal cells were exposed and experimented on. Investigators obtained bone marrow samples for their research. At 5 days in vitro culture, brain stem neuronal cells were exposed to experimental conditions for 24 hours. This allowed investigators to continue on with the adequate research and experimenting needed to be accomplished. Isolated MNCs were centrifuged and re-suspended in MSC medium consisting of DMEM with 10% foetal calf serum which selected for the growth of MSCs (Whone A.L....   [tags: neuronal celll cultures]
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Symptoms and Prevention of Sickle Cell Anemia - ... The sickle cell disease has many symptoms. The first symptom is Anemia. This means the sickles cells die faster than the normal red blood cells ( sickle cells live 10–20 days) causing the person to be short on red blood cells. This causes the body to not have enough oxygen, therefore the body experiences fatigue. Then there episodes of pain, episodes of pain are caused by blood clots that the sickle cells create by blocking blood paths. This can occur in the bones also. If the crisis is severe enough you may be hospitalized....   [tags: genetics, fatigue, medication] 554 words
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The Debate over Human Embryonic Stem Cells - ... However, he did not complete them before President George W. Bush took office. In 2001, President Bush issued an executive order prohibiting the use of federal funding in research on hESC lines created after August 2001 (McCoy, 2009). President Bush wanted to rid the government from the culpability of what some consider the destruction of life (Parthasarathy, 2014). When President Bush created his Council on Bioethics, they agreed that this approach was sound (Briggle, 2010). However, because the President only has the authority to regulate federal activities, the regulations did not and could not apply to research done with other types of funding....   [tags: regulatory environment, future research] 2840 words
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Sickle Cell Anemia - Sickle cell anemia primarily affects people with African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian ancestry (Learn genetics, 2010; NHLBI, n.d.; Vorvick et al., 2010). Sickle cell anemia occurs when a person inherits two sickle cell gene, one from each parent, that cause the red blood cells to change and become crescent shaped. The underlying problem involves hemoglobin, a component of the red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs (Nabili, 2008, para....   [tags: Health, Medicine, Cells] 990 words
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Stem Cells - Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Microscopic 10x view of a colony of embryonic stems cells (The stem cell colonies are the rounded, dense masses of cells.) Meriam-Webster defines stem cells as: an unspecialized cell that gives rise to differentiated cells. This means the can turn into any cells the body is in need of .Their almost limitless potential has made stem cells a significant focus of medical research. Imagine having the ability to return memory to an Alzheimer’s patient, replace skin that was lost during a terrible accident or enable a wheelchair-bound person to walk again....   [tags: essays research papers] 1109 words
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stem cells - After a typical delivery the umbilical cord and the blood within it is discarded. Now researchers have discovered that this blood contains valuable stem cells which can be used in the treatment of several blood disorders. Stem cells are simply undeveloped cells that develop into platelets or red and white blood cells. Stem cells will continue to produce blood cells for an indefinite period of time after transplantation. Until the discovery of stem cells in umbilical cord blood and placentas, bone marrow stem cells were the primary means available to those in need of a transplant....   [tags: essays research papers] 633 words
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Stem Cells: Characterization and Biomedical Importance - Over the past decade, stem cell biology has been an area that has caused much controversy. Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into many different types of cells and therefore, advocates of stem cell research argue that the cells have various medical applications. On the other hand, opponents of stem cell research denounce the use of human embryos for research purposes, claiming that the embryos represent human lives and that experimentation with them and subsequent annihilation of them is the same as killing a living human being....   [tags: Biology] 870 words
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Embryonic Stem Cells Unnecessary for Medical Progress - Embryonic Stem Cells Unnecessary for Medical Progress Reporting on new research by Dr. Donald Orlic of the National Institutes of Health and others, indicating that adult bone marrow stem cells can help repair, and restore function in, damaged hearts: "Until now, researchers thought that stem cells from embryos offered the best hope for rebuilding damaged organs, but this latest research shows that the embryos, which are politically controversial, may not be necessary. 'We are currently finding that these adult stem cells can function as well, perhaps even better than, embryonic stem cells,' Orlic said." - "Approach may repair heart damage," MSNBC, March 30, 2001 (www.msnbc.c...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1526 words
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The Controversy over Stem Cells and Parkinson's Disease - The Controversy over Stem Cells and Parkinson's Disease Without any thought, without even noticing it happens, when one has an itch, they scratch it. The arm moves up to the face, the fingers reach down and move across the skin. This series of actions, which many of us do everyday is something individuals with Parkinson's disease struggle with every moment of their lives. Simple movements are replaced by frozen limbs that they or their nervous system can not move. Described by many as a type of momentary paralysis, the disease causes gradual degeneration in patients until they are no longer able to perform the most basic bodily functions, such as swallowing or blinking....   [tags: Health Diseases Medical Medicine Essays]
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Embryonic vs. Adult Stem Cells in Research - Embryonic vs. Adult Stem Cells in Research   Why is the mainstream media significantly downplaying exciting scientific discoveries with adult stem cells. This essay hopes to adequately answer that question. Here's the scoop: As originally reported late last year in the medical journal Blood, Dr. Catherine M. Verfaillie and other researchers at the Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota, have discovered a way to coax an adult cell found in the bone marrow to exhibit many of the attributes that supposedly make embryonic stem cells irreplaceable to the development future "miracle" medical therapies(Catherine)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1606 words
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Sickle Cell Anemia - The problem is that sickle cell anemia affects about 72,000 Americans in the United States. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease in which the body is unable to produce normal hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein. Abnormal hemoglobin can morph cells that can become lodged in narrow blood vessels, blocking oxygen from reaching organs and tissues. The effects of sickle cell anemia are bouts of extreme pain, infectious, fever, jaundice, stroke, slow growth, organ, and failure. Sickle cell anemia hurts many people today in fact it hurts about 72,000 Americans....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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