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Flaws in Stem Cell Research

I came across an article in the New York Times, “Panel Finds Flawed Data in a Major Stem Cell Report”, that could possibly change the way people feel about stem cell research. In the past few years, there has been much arguing back and forth between people in the scientific, political, and religious worlds about research on stem cells, which were believed to be able to mature into any cell that a body needed. The problem that they could mainly come from aborted fetuses, but the benefit was that diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s would become things of the past. However, this article states that there are problems in the data that presented that stem cells could become any other cell in the body; those who have done the same experiments have come up with entirely different data, and the information is being reviewed by other scientists to see if it is still credible. While it is still uncertain whether or not the information is still viable, there is now a possibility that the high expectations that the both the scientific society and society as a whole had are incapable of being met.


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