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Travis Norrell GEEN 1100 Stem Cells For years, diseases such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, and cancer have plagued the population. Ten years ago, if someone were diagnosed with cancer, their chances of survival were slim to none. The recent development of stem cells however, provides a legitimate threat to the diseases as well as a light of hope for the unfortunate populace inflicted with them. The possibilities of stem cells warrant more advanced research on them regardless of the ethical issues they present. Essentially, stem cells are multipotent cells that can multiply indefinitely in order to fill any specific role in an organism. For example, scientists can manipulate standard embryonic stem cells to become neural stem cells. In the past, the news of having a brain tumor devastated people because they had a small chance of survival, despite extensive neurosurgery. The neural stem cells when injected however, will aggressively target this brain tumor, killing off the cancer cells. Doing so gives patients a much greater chance
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