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What's the deal with stem cell research?

I know that it's supposed to cure everything ever.

I know that it's very controversial.

I don't understand how it's supposed to cure everything ever.

What are these stem cells?

What do they do?

Why are they so special?
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[User Picture]From: fanboy_of_zeus
2006-09-10 12:17 pm (UTC)
The simple answer? Stem cells are a type of cells found in developing embryos (and in bone marrow sometimes, I think?) that can be convinced to grow into any type of cells you might need. They're what our cells are when we're still developing, before they've quite figured out which cells need to be a brain and which ones are an arm - and scientists are hoping to be able to use them to do things like grow transplant organs.

I might be able to look up sources and such for you later, if you want; that was just what I know off the top of my head.
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