By Somdev Mukherjee
Stem cell research has been dogged by widespread political and ethical controversies. However, one must admit that the immense prospects of the positive nature that stem cell research holds does manage to outweigh the negative aspects associated with the research. In recent times research in this area has brought forth remarkable achievements.
The medical researchers point out that stem cell therapy does have the potential to bring about a radical change in which human diseases are treated. Adult stem cell therapies like bone marrow transplants are finding effective usage in the treatment of leukemia. Stem cell therapy has also been found to have positive effects in the treatment of grave conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis whose cures had earlier seemed to be quite unthinkable.
There are many diseases (apart from the ones mentioned above) for which stem cell therapy is being looked upon as a potential treatment or preventive measure. The stem cell therapy can be used as a treatment procedure in cases of strokes, in heart, kidney and liver diseases, in arthritis and in diseases of the pancreas. It is being opined now that stem cell research may also be making it possible to offer some treatment for cancer. These successes apart, stem cell research offers a host of promises of making great medical advancements in the years to come.
Though there may have been disputations over stem cell researching and the techniques used in the creation and usage of stem cells yet the stem cell therapy and stem cell research are here to stay. The significant achievements of stem cells in recent years and the immense prospects that it holds are largely responsible for this.
Somdev Mukherjee is a Kolkata (India) based writer of articles, short stories, poems and web content related to finance, mortgage, debt consolidation, insurance, laws and other topics of interest.