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Before reading this week’s reading materials, all I know is that stem cells can provide countless benefits in scientific research but there are also controversies that surround them. I never knew additional information about stem cells regarding their capabilities and/or as to why they are controversial until I have read this week’s reading materials. Stem cells are cells that do not have a specific responsibility in the body; however, they have special abilities, such as dividing and renewing themselves for a long period of time. There are various reasons as to why stem cells are considered important. One reason is that stem cells can help scientists discover what happens during dysfunctional cell division that leads to cancer cells (Murnaghan, 2018). In essence, stem cells can act as a repair kit in the body since they can replace cells that are damaged or diseased (Solomon). Furthermore, stem cells can assist in drug development and determine drugs’ side effects for particular cells i.e. muscle, brain,