- Stem cell research may lead to cures or better treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes, Schizophrenia, Cancer, and Arthritis.
- Stem cells can lead to prolonged life expectancies, and ways to reverse aging.
- Embryonic stem cells can develop into specialized tissues and therefore serve to replace those that are defective.
- The specialization of stem cells can lead to advancements in curing spinal cord injury, heart disease, and severe burns.
- Today donated organs are used to replace those that are diseased, severely damaged, or even destroyed. Stem cells provide a substitute or even replacement for organ donors and transplants.
- No more transplants means, no waiting list for patients needed to receive organs. No more people dying as a result of insufficient organ supply.
- The use of adult stem cells in transplants means no more fear of rejection of foreign tissue.
- Stem cells can progress the development of new and innovative drugs
- Because stem cells can develop into specialized tissues, new drugs can be tested on an unlimited supply of the specific tissue, before they are subjected to living organisms.
- The research of stem cells itself is also a major benefit
Being able to culture a large amount of stem cells allows scientists to study stages of cell development that they have not been able to witness in the direct study of embryos.
By being able to see these stages, researchers may be able to discover the source for various genetic disorders, birth defects, infertility, and other problems with pregnancy.
What's already being used
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