“A Pro-Life Primer”… Getting all your facts straight…
Much of the confusion over stem cell research involves misunderstanding of terms, so let’s begin with some definitions.
Stem cells are immature cells that are undifferentiated (i.e., they have not yet “decided” what kind of cell to be). A stem cell divides into two cells: (1) a duplicate of itself and (2) a cell that develops into a more specialized cell type (i.e., an eye, liver, skin or blood cell). Since stem cells replace themselves every time they divide, they are capable of long-term self-renewal.[i]
Because they are immature, stem cells can be used to treat injuries or diseases. Scientists can make stem cells reach their full healing potential by developing procedures that mature them into the correct type of stable tissue that functions normally, then by making them safe for transplantation, and finally by developing surgical procedures that maximize their ability to treat or cure diseases or injuries.
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The cloning of Dolly in 1997 opened up the “cloning debate”.
Since then we have moved on to the “stem cell debate”.
Most people are mystified by the claims and the confusing terminology.
But you don’t need a biology degree to understand all the terms,
writes Dr Amin Abboud.
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