Discuss what you feel are the potential benefits of stem cellresearch for Alzheimer`s patients and their families.
One of the potentialbenefits of stem cell is that it has been used to replace destroyedtissue in the human body. Alzheimer is a condition that leads tomemory loss leading to confusion which is a severe condition. Thedisease is associated with protein accumulation in the brain. Ibelieve that stem cell can be conducted to treat the disease becauseneural transplant using stem cell can be conducted.
After exploring thebrain the researcher will conclude by coming up with the neurons thatare needed to be replaced. Cell therapies must be conducted firstbased on the fact that many patients who suffer from Alzheimer do nothave neurothrophins which helps in the growth and survival of thoseneurons that play an important role in the brain (Ratko, 2012). Apatient suffering from Alzheimer produce neurotrophin at low rate andthus stem cell cannot be conducted when neuroprophin is low. Itimplies that stem cell therapy has to be carried. By carrying stemcell therapy that will increase the neuroprophin in the brain of thepatient it is possible to conduct neural stem cell that will cure thedisease.
Response to Cassandra
Cassandra, this is avery nice work. You have clearly demonstrated lack of embryo donationto research through secondary sources. From what I have understood inthe stem cell debate it is possible to donate embryos to couples forthose who are not fertile and those who need embryo adoption (Berg,2006). Just like how stem cell is conducted, it just needs to boostthe women with certain hormones that will make it possible for theembryo donation.
The task ofdisposing unused frozen human embryo is different from disposing ofother medical tissue because the embryo can either be destroyed or itis donated successfully. The disposing of other medical tissue islikely to have common similarities and work successfully. I hope theconcerned agencies can run awareness on the significant of donatingthe embryo to the research.
Berg, T. (2006). Human embryo adoption: Biotechnology, marriage,and the right to life. Philadelphia: National Catholic BioethicsCenter .
Ratko, T. (2012). Hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation in thepediatric population. Rockville, MD: Agency for HealthcareResearch and Quality.