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Research on stem cells began in November of 1998 when researchers were successful in isolating the stem cells in a lab At first a selected few scientists only realized the enormous potential of stem cell Then in the US and other parts of the world stem cell funding and research went rampant Australia made a huge stem cell breakthrough by discovering that stem cell are to generate themselves into other specialized cells in particular the types of cells which naturally fight disorders or replace damaged or diseased cells Before this research it was not known if mature brain cells could do this too Its really taken us this last nine or ten years to be able to find out what the cell looks like and having found we can now look at the ways of being able to stimulate it into making new nerve cells with the possibility of replacing damaged or lost nerve cells in the adult brainCohen 2002 p 1 President George W Bush Jr spent much time debating with all types of people before making his decision on one the most controversial issues in our society which is stem cell research Kalb Rosenberg 2004 p 1 The first step he took was becoming knowledgeable on stem cells Stem cells are unspecialized cells that renew themselves for long periods of time through cell division Researchers discovered stem cells in the tissues and organs of adults human embryos the newest umbilical cords The most promising research seems to exist with the human embryonic stem cells however the research is slowing down thanks to the ethical debates among Americans Many people believe that the embryonic stem cells are obtained by killing a baby but scientists believes that these cells have a potential for life With this knowledge Bush decided to allow federal funding for the research on the already existing sixty-five cell lines from embryos and created a council of doctors lawyers and ethicists
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