Stem Cell Transplantation Pros And Cons

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In the last decade, there has been a sever lack of organs causing a public health crisis (Atala). Doctors and nurses are constantly striving to improve this public health crisis through research. As a result of this, modern medical technology has become highly advanced and provided doctors and nurses greater knowledge and better treatments of different diseases. However, there is still so much more to the ailments of the human body to discover and combat. Recently, stem cell research has been introduced to the medical community as one of the most promising methods of artificial organ transplant. The most successful stem cell transplant studies have involved the growing and transplantation of artificially grown kidneys. Using patients’ stem…show more content…
It is the most reliable organ transplantation method because by utilizing the patient’s own stem cells it increases the likelihood of their body accepting the organ. It is “because the cells are [the patient’s], the risk of rejection is reduced or even eliminated (11 Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons).” While a donor organ can be rejected, an artificial kidney grown from stem cells is a patient’s perfect genetic match (11 Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons). Artificial organs grown from stem cells are also superior to donor organs because it could also provide researchers more knowledge about preventing birth defects and genetic mutations. “By understanding the process of stem cell development, it could be possible to change the embryonic development process. Chromosomal concerns, birth defects, and other errors in development could be corrected before birth, giving more newborns a real chance to experience the gift of life (11 Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons).” This knowledge could be revolutionary. Using stem cells to grow artificial kidneys and other organs could offer a cruelty-free method of medical research testing. As of today, in order for a medical researcher to get their treatment or drug approved, it must undergo lengthy animal and human trials that could potentially take years only to be proven unsuccessful. However, if researchers could use stem cells to conduct these…show more content…
Recently, there has been an increased incidence of organ failure along with a staggering lack of organ donors. This dilemma has created a public health crisis. “As a result there has been a major increase in the number of patients on transplant waiting lists as well as in the number of patients dying while on the waiting list (Abouna).” This public health crisis has robbed hundreds of thousands of patients a better quality of life, as well as a substantial amount of money for medical care (Abouna). “90 percent of the patients on the transplant list are actually waiting for a kidney. Patients are dying every day because we don’t have enough organs to go around (Atala).” With the proper funding, thousands of people would have the possibility of a better quality of life. If stem cell kidney transplantation research was properly funded, thousands of people could escape

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