Understanding Stem Cells And Its Issues
You may have heard or read about researches in reference to stem cells and how they are now used in medication for different conditions, but what are they really and how does it differ from other cells in the body?
In essence a human actually starts as single egg cell, its fertilized, divide into several cells and the differences to create human parts that are functional such as muscle cells or blood cells, this is the process of differentiation where most of the human body is more on. The so-called stem cells are cells that did not pass through the differentiation stage as yet, and these can regenerate multiple time to become another stem cell or as a differentiated cell.
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.
Stem cells are actually useful as per research in regenerative medicine for the purposes to repair or replace tissue or any organ function lost due to congenital defects, disease, damage, or age. The reason as to why stem cell is a controversial aspect focuses on the issue that it is taken from an embryo which actually is already a life in essence, and taking that stem cell will destroy the embryo thus not allowing the life in it to be developed.
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 known conflict that is faced in the existence of using stem cell is that there are clinics that have taken advantage of it and claiming treatments even for some diseases that have no treatment known yet, and these are not proven by proper research to back up the claim. Thus the true and proven research and finding of stem cells are put into question here because of these claims that have raised doubts to many people.
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.