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what are the benefits of stem cells ?

Asked by Gayathri R 23rd May 2012, 11:58 AM
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  • It provides medical benefits in the fields of therapeutic cloning and regenerative medicine.
  • It offers hope for effective treatment and cures to a plethora of diseases including Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, etc.
  • By directing stem cells to differentiate into specialised cell types, there is the exciting possibility to provide a renewable source of replacement cells for those suffering from diseases.
  • Stem cells have an important benefit for the pharmaceutical field. New drugs can be tested on stem cells to assess their safety before testing drugs on animal and human models. 
  • Limbs and organs could be grown in a lab from stem cells and then used in transplants or to help treat illnesses.
  • It will help scientists to learn about human growth and cell development.
  • Stem cell research also benefits the study of development stages that cannot be studied directly in a human embryo. This will ultimately allow the prevention or treatment of abnormal human development.
  • Another advantage of stem cell research is that it holds the key to reversing the effects of aging and prolonging our lives.
  • Another advantage is that a patient's own cells could be used to treat a patient. Risks would be quite reduced because patients' bodies would not reject their own cells.
  • Embryonic stem cells can develop into any cell types of the body, and may then be more versatile than adult stem cells.
Answered by Expert 23rd May 2012, 11:15 PM
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