A Call To Action
What if it was possible to treat conditions such as heart disease and Parkinson’s disease using techniques that have already been scientifically tested. This is the potential that stem cells presents. In recent studies, stem cells have been shown to be effective in overcoming serious medical issues that have plagued many patients within the country, and around the world. for instance, stem cells have been shown to rejuvenate aged heart cells, and regenerated the heart cells to become more functional. Taking into consideration the extent of the problem of heart related complications and death in the United States, the role of stem cells becomes more auspicious. This work intends on elaborating on the achievements that have been realized in the medical field using stem cells, and the possible milestones that can be achieved. Specifically, this work intends to highlight the positive impact that enraging people to donate organs, tissues, and stem cells will have on the medical research field.
Although stem cells exhibit different properties, there are two key traits that have long been used to identify them; potency and self-renew ability. Regarding potency, the cells are in a position to differentiate into specific cell types. Most experts in the field believe that stem cell roles are regulated through a feedback mechanism. The self-renewal ability is arguably their most notable trait. It means that the cells have the aptitude to go through many cycles of cell division in a life time while at the same time retaining the undifferentiated state. Obligatory asymmetric replication and stochastic differentiation are the two mechanisms that facilitate the self-renew ability property of the stem cells (Tuch 2006). A study completed by the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles CA injected aged rats with specialized stem cells sourced from new-borns. The stem cells caused a rejuvenation of the cardiac muscles of the older rats and improved heart function and exercise capacity of the rats (Paddock 2017).
In adult multicellular organisms, stem cells along with progenitor cells play the role of repairing the body by replenishing adult tissues. In the case of developing embryos, stem cells can single out into all the specialized cells (such as mesoderm, ectoderm, and endoderm), but at the same time uphold the normal turnover of regenerative organs such as intestinal tissues, the blood, and the skin. This is a pivotal role that the cells play in sustaining the life of these organisms. The study of these cells has also allowed man to acquire tools to cure existing illnesses such as leukemia (Tuch 2006).
Call to Action
Stem cells have provided the opportunity to advance the provision of medical care than previously witnessed. Significant advances in research have shown scientific evidence that supports the view that stem cells can assist humanity in overcoming some of its acute medical conditions. However, according to Donate Life American state that “117,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list. 8,000 deaths occur in the U.S. each year because organs are not donated in time” (Donate Life American 2017). Therefore, donating organs, tissues, or stem cell is very important thing which can save several lives and give other people a second change of life.
Nowadays, significant advances in research have shown scientific evidence that supports the view that stem cells can assist humanity in overcoming some of its acute medical conditions. Researchers have successfully developed artificial stem cells for examination purposes, but there is still a lot to be done within clinical settings. Therefore, medical research institutes will need a lot of example of organs and tissues for study and research. Medical data are very valuable for medical research. Donating organs, tissues, and stem cells is the way forward towards availing much needed medical remedies in clinics all across the country, and the world. Conditions such as heart disease and Parkinson’s disease have been shown to be curable using techniques utilizing stem cells. Organ donation is a bold step for bold and valiant persons, it remains the only way forward.
The medical field has continuously carried out researches about stem cells, and this has consequently led to revolutionary advances in offering medical therapies. Extremely plastic adult stem cells are regularly used in therapies such as bone marrow transplantation which is particularly used to treat leukemia (Wu and Wood 2007). These advances also mean that stem cells can be artificially developed and differentiated into specific cell types that exhibit traits consistent with cells of various tissues such as nerves through a process referred to as cell culture (Verfaillie and Hu 2005). However, the development of stem cell is only useful in the completion of studies, and is limited in usability in clinical settings. Donated human stem cells can assist in the development of cures during medical therapies.
The government should popularize the benefits and importance of donating cells and organs to the masses, which should help more people know more about the details and significance of donating cells. Some non-profit-making medical organizations can hold some lectures and conferences of donating in school and via social media. Secondly, the state should make corresponding compensation to donors. For example, the state could provide a small amount credit of food stamp, which could as a appreciation and compensatory to contributions of the donors and encourage other people to active donate organs, tissues and cell.
There are expected to many more advances in the field with promising candidates such as autologous embryonic stem cells and embryonic cell lines that can be conceived through therapeutic cloning (Wu and Wood 2007). As with the past researches that have made significant developments in the medical sphere, the use of these futuristic techniques will have make even more progress. The possibility of donors of organs, tissues, and stem cells is likely to be a significant breakthrough.
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