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  1. #1 Thoughts on stem cell research 
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    Wondering what some peoples thoughts on stem cell research is... ethical issues versus scientific potential etc.
    Also, what this research could lead to in the future?

    I think the potential could be quite amazing, what do you think?


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    I completely support it. I think there should be more of it, but there are small-minded people trying to put a lid on how far it can go. I am really glad to be seeing some small world mentality changes that lean away from the medieval thinking of some.


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    Only a few ethical questions about curing the sick. I'd say the only ethical question we should ask ourselves, is how far do we go to produce them...
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    What do you say to the thought of producing human organs from this kind of technology?

    Wouldn't it be great if organ donation waiting lists were practically unheard of because suitable organs could be grown from stem cells to provide people in need? There could be higher rates of success if they were able to be grown from the patient'c cloned embryonic cells and would be an exact genetic match. People in need would not have to wait for someone to die or register on an organ donor's list who are a suitable match to them...
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    Interesting paper:
    Bioessays. 2012 Sep 20. doi: 10.1002/bies.201200062. [Epub ahead of print]
    Organ engineering - combining stem cells, biomaterials, and bioreactors to produce bioengineered organs for transplantation.
    Murphy SV, Atala A.

    One example in the paper of stem cells used in present day treatments:
    “…hematopoietic stem cells have been used extensively for autologous stem-cell transplantation to regenerate blood cell lineages following high-dose chemotherapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma and leukemia…” (also used allogenically)

    Your right, the potential is huge. (both clinically and for research purposes). And of course they are heavily researched.

    What ethical issues were you thinking of?
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    I'm also curious what ethical issues people imagine. I work in a center that does allogeneic (from donor) and autologous (from self) stem cell transplants. These are primarily hematopoietoc stem cells (meaning they grow into the various blood cells) but we also do some transplants with umbilical cord cells. Every precaution is taken at every step of the process to ensure medical, ethical, and scientific soundness. I don't believe any sensible argument could made against this work. A lot of folks still equate the term stem cell soley with the embryonic, which is where the imagined problems arise. They don't realize how far past that we are. Check it: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 awarded for discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent
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    Embryonic stem cells still offer advantages for some applications.

    This, of course, raises the bogeyman of abortion to harvest stem cells. Never mind the fact that it has never happened and almost certainly will never happen. There are enough embryos available from abortions done for other reasons. However, some people get their emotional knickers in a twist simply over the idea.
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    Yes, abortion is the only topic left in this arena on which reasonable people might disagree with each other. Thankfully science did not stop to bicker, but decided instead to actually get shit done. Personally, I think we'll soon reach a point where we can grow embryonic stem cells without an actual embryo. Then all those knickers can untwist for good. Well, I'm sure they'll be twisted about something else, but I can dream.
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    sir can you plz help me out in finding the topics in stem cell genetics in which i can do research . (m student of M.Sc. 1st year )
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    There is no ethical issue other than helping the sick.

    This research should be very well supported.
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    I thought they were able to get around the stem cell ethical issue barrier presented by the anti-abortion lobby by giving birthing mothers the option to have the umbilical cord of her newborn preserved in case her child ever needed it, or perphaps donate it to the state health department to be used with any matching potential recipient.

    I wasn't very much into science when my children were being born but they presented me with paperwork to fill out if I wanted to do that. Unfortunately my insurance didn't cover it. I did sign away my rights to the umbilical cord so I am assuming it was sent away for research.
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    Hey there,

    I think we should continue with it! There are multitudes to gain!

    My lady works in stem-cell research so I get to hear the good bits on a daily basis!



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    No good reason to not support it. The recent progress in the area, as you've provided a great link for SHF, just makes it a far more exciting field atm. Will be an amazing eventuality when a lot of health problems disappear as a result, and we can all live happier, longer and healthier lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BEST STAR View Post
    sir can you plz help me out in finding the topics in stem cell genetics in which i can do research . (m student of M.Sc. 1st year )
    thank u for giving that suggestion ...serving the sick is good but sir i want to do a proper lab work like many research are going on in various topics of signalling or graft rejections or stem cells and cardiovascular development likewise which topic in stem cell genetics u can suggest me for research .i am eagerly waiting for ur response . thank u .
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