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Embryonic stem cell research is perhaps one of the most controversial topics of health and science that exists today It is both a strongly supported and equally protested ethical issue I too am on the fence about embryonic stem cell research The controversy is fueled by unbending protest from pro-life organizations and the support from scientists around the world Although in the case of scientists some do not support embryonic stem cell research but rather hold interest in adult stem cell research Since stem cell research is a topic of much debate there are of course two sides to the story There are pros and cons to embryonic stem cell research In order to develop an opinion of whether or not stem cells should be used one must first understand what they are and how they are used Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cells types in the body Serving as a sort of repair system for the body they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive Bethesda When a stem cell divides each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function such as a muscle cell a red blood cell or a brain cell BethesdaGiven their unique regenerative abilities stem cells offer new potentials for treating diseases such as diabetes and heart disease However much work remains to be done in the laboratory and the clinic to understand how to use these cells forcell-based therapiesto treat disease which is also referred to asregenerative or reparative medicine Watson Stephanie and Craig Freudenrich Research onstem cellscontinues to advance knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell and how healthy cells replace damaged cells in adult organisms Stem cell research is one of the most fascinating areas of contemporary biology but as with many
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