In a traditional classroom, as the role of the researcher, I would hand out
information pertaining to people, particularly young people, who could have been saved if
stem cell research had been more fully supported.
I would particularly concentrate on some
of the more heartbreaking cases of children who died from diseases that stem cell research
shows great promise in treating.
I would also hand out material showing that there are
other options besides traditional stem cell research that are less controversial but also show
some promising results.
Additionally, I would show magnified photos of the stem cells
being grown in the lab.
In an online setting, I would make my post about what in the role of researcher, I do
in the realm of stem cell research.
Again, I would post information regarding the loss of life
that in some cases may have been prevented through stem cell research.
I would also post
some open ended questions to try to get a discussion going so that I could help dispel any
myths that people might have about stem cell research.
Stem cell research has been hugely controversial over the year.
It has sparked
debate on all sides of the issue.
However, along with this debate there have been a lot of
exaggerations and myths that have been created.
Everyone has something to say on the
subject, but many of the people doing the talking don’t actually know anything about stem
Stem cell research has the potential to be an invaluable tool that can help to
treat diseases such as diabetes, cancer, paralysis (Adelson, Weinberg, 2010).
When stem cells originate they are pluripotent, meaning they are capable of
developing into a any type of cell except placenta (Lenzer, 2009).
Some of the cells that they
can develop into include, but are not limited to, becoming neurons in the spinal cord and
brain or in the kidneys, glomerular cells (Adelson, Weinberg, 2010).
The stem cells are
acquired from frozen embryos that were frozen during the blastocyst stage (Adelson,
The blastocyst stage occurs about five days after the egg has been