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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. 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.

In most uses of stem cells, the most popular is its essential functions in the regenerative medicine as researches have been conducted that it is effective for the repair or replace tissue or any organ function lost due to congenital defects, disease, damage, or age. the most controversial issue faced in the history of stem cell research and extraction evolved mainly in the fact that is taken from a human embryo that technically is already a human life in form and the process of taking stem cells through it will waste the life or continued formation of life.

And because of this it had raised concerns and topics that correlates the conflict between science and religion that raised the concern of many.

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.

Should you decide to undergo treatment using stem cell, you need to be able to identify the clinic that has the proven research from those that are less reputable ones in the market.

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.