Stem cells are contained in all multi cellular organisms and they have the ability to multiply indefinitely through cell division. There are two types of stem cell: Adult derived stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are somewhat in terms of what they can turn in to due to how they divide. Embryonic stem cells can be manipulated into any tissue necessary. For this reason the latter are very useful in growing limbs and organs like lungs, heart and skin. Recent research has however suggested that adult derived stem cells are 99 per cent similar to embryonic stem cells so they may be able to do more than was once thought. Extensive research is currently being carried out on stem cell science as people hope for cures for diseases like Parkinson’s, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
What is controversial about stem cells?
When embryonic stem cells are used for scientific research there is controversy because the cells come from aborted embryos that need to be either destroyed or stored beyond their shelf life after use. Many religious organizations oppose this use and believe the embryos already have life in them. There is also suspicion that scientists could even use embryonic stem cells for human cloning in the future.
Scientists would argue that embryos are not the same as human lives because they could not survive outside of the womb and only have the potential for life, not life itself.
Adult stem cell research is often supported and encouraged by those who are pro-life. At Angeles hospital in Mexico only adult stem cells are used. We offer stem cell application for a variety of conditions of the highest quality. Fill in the form on the right for more information.