Stem Cell Controversy - Viewpoints - Endorsement - Superiority

Superiority

This is usually presented as a counter-argument to using adult stem cells as an alternative that doesn't involve embryonic destruction.

  • Embryonic stem cells make up a significant proportion of a developing embryo, while adult stem cells exist as minor populations within a mature individual (e.g. in every 1,000 cells of the bone marrow, only 1 will be a usable stem cell). Thus, embryonic stem cells are likely to be easier to isolate and grow ex vivo than adult stem cells.
  • Embryonic stem cells divide more rapidly than adult stem cells, potentially making it easier to generate large numbers of cells for therapeutic means. In contrast, adult stem cell might not divide fast enough to offer immediate treatment.
  • Embryonic stem cells have greater plasticity, potentially allowing them to treat a wider range of diseases.
  • Adult stem cells from the patient's own body might not be effective in treatment of genetic disorders. Allogeneic embryonic stem cell transplantation (i.e. from a healthy donor) may be more practical in these cases than gene therapy of a patient's own cell.
  • DNA abnormalities found in adult stem cells that are caused by toxins and sunlight may make them poorly suited for treatment.
  • Embryonic stem cells have been shown to be effective in treating heart damage in mice.
  • Embryonic stem cells have the potential to cure chronic and degenerative diseases which current medicine has been unable to effectively treat.

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Famous quotes containing the word superiority:

    Whoever gives advice to the sick gains a sense of superiority over them, no matter whether his advice is accepted or rejected. That is why sick people who are sensitive and proud hate their advisors even more than their illnesses.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    On his favourite subject of subordination, Johnson said, “So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.”
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    Obscurantism is the academic theorist’s revenge on society for having consigned him or her to relative obscurity—a way of proclaiming one’s superiority in the face of one’s diminished influence.
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