Why stem cells are important

Stem cells are significant for a number of reasons. These include things like:

  • Potential therapeutic uses such as:
  • cures for diabetes, brain diseases like Parkinson. Treatments for cancer
  • or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Ethical concerns
  • Issues of when is a human human, misuse.
  • Scientific curiosity- simply knowing how cells can change from one function to another.


On a very basic scientific  level stem cells are interesting in trying to understand how such cells store information and then turn into other cells with very different properties is quite a fascinating topic.

How a cell goes from type A to type B is part of discovering something about ourselves and the world we live in.

Stem cell research may also be useful for improvement of livestock or other animals.