English II Argument II

English II Argument II - Moore 1 Shann Moore Jennifer...

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Moore 1 Shann Moore Jennifer Gordon EN 1113-08 09 February 2008 Stem Cells: A Journey of Struggle and Surprises A supposed miracle has arrived for patients that are suffering from long-term diseases. Patients with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes type I, and cancer can be cured just by carefully inserting “miracle cells” into a patient. Looks can be deceiving, however. The cure that has been talked about by politicians, scientists, and mostly the general public has now been openly discussed in heated debate. Stem cells have many advantages, disadvantages, and interesting facts that are causing much commotion in the United States. Currently, progress on stem cell research has slowed down but has still given some promising results. The benefits of stem cell research appear to be limitless in some views. Ms. Susan Brown, a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, says from one of her articles that “If cultured carefully, embryonic stem cells can multiply nearly endlessly; a single embryo can generate vessels full of cells “ (1-3). The embryonic stem cells can become any type of tissue needed to be replaced within the tissue-damaged human body, but on one condition. Scientists have to mimic particular signals within the tissue that the stem cells would usually confront in the human fetus in order to become a particular tissue within the body. Some scientists believe that they can manipulate the stem cells to change into heart cells to treat a failing heart. Many people believe that stem cells will lead the way to further and more technological advances in medical science. To summarize what stem cell research can do, Ms. Brown again tells the reader the difference of the effects of medicine versus stem cell therapy: “Several human diseases
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Moore 2 result from the loss of specific types of cells. So far, medicine’s approach to the treatment has been to replace the chemicals those cells would normally secrete with drugs. Healthy cells make finely tuned responses to specific signals—sugars circulating in the blood for instance—that are hard to duplicate with an injection or a pill” (1-3). Ms. Brown also states that the replacement cells are the actual healers; the ones that replace the areas lacking the required cells in order for the human system to function properly. Stem cell research looks like a promising future, but certain aspects are sometimes not mentioned. Whether the argument is stem cells or
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENG 1113 taught by Professor Gordon during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi State.

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