Potential Uses of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Spinal Cord Injuries
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever human study of a treatment deriving from human embryonic stem cells. They are hoping to at least help paralyzed patients have the capability to regain some feeling and/or control. (28)

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Parkinson's Disease
Those who suffer from Parkinson's disease, a neuro-degenerative disorder that can cause tremors, stiffness and other movement/speech problems, are hopeful that studies are to be proven right. Embryonic stem cells can give rise to the dopamine making neurons that Parkinson's patients lack. In an experiment, these neurons were injected into rodents with Parkinson's-like disorder and resulted in improving their motor function. (28) Michael J. Fox is a huge advocate for embryonic stem cell research. He is an actor who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and he believes that embryonic stem cell research can potentially find a cure for Parkinson's. Listen to his thoughts in the video to the right.

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Many of those in America who have Type 1 Diabetes are in luck. Researchers may have found the answer to the cure. Scientists have been able to coax human embryonic stem cells into becoming insulin producing, blood sugar-regulating cells in diabetic mice. They are hoping to do the same for humans someday. (28)

Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's is a progressive and deadly disorder that degrades and kills brain cells that can lead to memory loss, cognitive decline and behavioral problems. Embryonic stem cells have the potential to treat or even cure this disease. (28)

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