Stem Cell Research and Testing Research Paper by Nicky

Stem Cell Research and Testing
An overview of stem cells, their uses and the contraversies surrounding them.
# 151112 | 4,829 words | 26 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 22, 2012 in Biology (Biotechnology) , Hot Topics (Stem Cell Research)

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This paper discusses how the field of stem cell research has come out of its first phase of research to the current phase where researchers are trying to harness its efficacy in the areas of regenerative medicine that could alter our entire approach to the management of degenerative diseases. It also examines how stem cells from umbilical cord blood are found to be very effective in the treatment of hematological, neurological and immunological disorders. The paper also argues that there is no question of doubt that research in stem cells holds great potential for the effective treatment and management of a range of degenerative disorders.

Stem Cells Different Types
Sources of Stem cells
Ethical Controversies
Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
Cord Blood (Treatment of Cancer)
Cord Blood (Spinal Cord Injuries)
Stem Cells In Gene Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Diseases
Stem Cells for Diabetes (Vascular Regeneration)
Stem Cell Therapy For Gliomas
Tumor Tropism
Potential Complications (Some Recent Studies)
Stem Cells and Drug Development

From the Paper:

"Addressing the ethical issues involved in embryonic stem cell research, the bioethics committee of the US government had proposed 4 alternative methods of obtaining stem cells for research that are free of such controversies. These include 1) extracting cells from dead embryos 2) Extracting cells from embryos without affecting them ('non harmful biopsy') 3) by obtaining cells from artificially created embryo like cell system which however lacks the potential for embryogenesis but still has limited cellular division. 4) 'dedifferentiation of Somatic cells' to restore their pluripotency. [Council On Bioethics] While these alternative approaches were being pursued vigorously over the last few years, recent policy changes on embryonic research has opened new vistas for stem cell research. With the recent change in policy by president Obama lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research it is hoped that the progress in embryonic stem cell research would be hastened. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ACS, "Adults Benefit from Unrelated Donor Cord Blood Transplants", Retrieved Aug 29th 2009, from,
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  • B Soria, F J Bedoya & J. R Tejoda (2008), 'Cell Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus: An Opportunity for Stem cells?', Cells Tissues Organs 2008;188:70-77
  • CAMR, 'A Catalyst for Cures: Embryonic Stem Cell Research', Retrieved Aug 26th 2009, from
  • Chris Smith, 'Smith Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act', Retrieved Aug 30th 2009, from,

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