Stem Cell to Cure the Blind and Paralyzed?


Stem cell research is one of the most interesting and important topics in modern science.  With just a few stem cells, we will potentially have the ability to grow new limbs or organs for people who’ve lost them. Before I get too ahead of myself, I want to talk about what in the world stem cells are. In simple terms, they are blank “worker” cells that have no job and no role until they are assigned one during the birth process or by another outside force.

While in the body a small amount could be able to repair some of the more delicate tissues. So throughout your lifetime, while you get hurt and break things, they along with your bodies natural healing abilities are able to rebuild and mend you.

Stem cells are what an embryo consists of before they are assigned to different organs and parts of the body as the embryo grows. Using these extraordinary cells, we will be able to achieve some extraordinary feats.

We will be able to create whole new organs for people who need them and fix tissues that we normally wouldn’t be able to. Doing so will allow us to begin curing illnesses such as diabetes and alzheimer’s. Though it isn’t as simple as taking out the damaged parts and adding in new ones. It will take more to fix these complex issues. Sadly though, we are still learning more and more about what these tiny workers are capable of so we can’t go and begin mending our bodies fully just yet. So who knows what doors could open as we enhance our knowledge of these small cells.

Soon enough, will be able to create brain tissue or even a spinal cord which would allow us to help so many more people; like those with severe injuries that our bodies can’t fix on their own. Though, this does bring into question the moral aspect of growing new limbs for people. The issue is that all of this innovation for the moment is costly for anyone wishing to use, as you could imagine. So for the time being, most people won’t be able to get this type of treatment.

But like most things, over time the costs for these treatments could possibly become cheap enough that we could use them in regular medical practices. We’ll have to see what the future holds for us. So, here’s to science! I’ll see you all next week as we tackle gene modification!