Stem cells are a controversial topic, depending on where they’re being harvested from, but they’re also showing to be one of the greatest contributions to the world of medicine that the human race has ever seen. (rutgers) I’ve been a huge proponent of stem cell research ever since I first heard about the possible positive health benefits they could deliver to society. There have been quite a few breakthroughs in the medical world via the use of stem cells, there is promise in the worlds fields of Cancer treatment and even AIDS, two massive areas where humans could greatly benefit if the cells were to yield a cure. (stemcells/ny) With all the help that could be received from the use of stem cells in treating all the things that ail us, there is still controversy over how they’re captured. There are studies going on to figure out how to use adult stem cells to do the same things that were originally done via embryonic stem cells, which would help curb the controversy, until the next step that recently came about that would use cloning to produce an almost endless supply of stem cells for patients. (cnn) Humanity will benefit greatly with the advances in these fields, especially with the next step that could be coming down the line.
One of the most dangerous threats to mankind is heart disease and heart failure, both of which involve degradation of the heart which eventually causes a cardiac event, many times these events will result in death. (who) Heart disease is the largest cause of death in the world, which is why the current findings using stem cell therapy to treat hearts in the primate world is such a great deal for humanity. Scientists have been able to use stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue in a group of Pigtail Macaques, they grew the cells in lab, then damaged the heart of the primates before injecting the new cells into the damaged tissue was created by their infarction. (iflscience) It took about three months of healing for the tissue that was generated by the injection to attach, start repairing the damaged area, and finally reaching the full healing process by turning into fully functional muscle tissue. Stem cells are slowly starting to look like the possible ultimate cure-all for any illness or injury that we may encounter on a daily basis, while some of the harvesting methods may be controversial I don’t see how anyone could be completely against their use. We’re truly living in a wonderful time, thanks to the advent of stem cell research we could eventually curb and hopefully eradicate three of the most deadly threats that mankind has ever battled. Controversy aside, the advancements we’re seeing in the science and medical fields these days could prove to be very much worth the risks.