TOPIC： Agree or disagree:Government should spend more money on research in the field of regenerative medicine
POINTS： ●Guidelines ●Ethics ●Organ transplants ●Research funding ●Gap between rich and poor ●Incurable deseases
Since Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on iPS cell, regenerative medicine has attracted attention and made great progress across the world. However, current treatments are unable to meet patient needs in a wide range of diseases. At this point, it is still long way to go to put it to practical use.
The biggest reason lies in solutions for incurable diseases. Despite the advancement in medical technology, Treatments for fatal malady have not been discovered yet such as Parkinson's disease and serious heart diseases. Scientists expect that iPS cell could be a key to cure them. Moreover this will be feasible for human being within 5 years on the condition that further work is done.
This brings me to the second point to back up my statement. Stem cell therapy would offer hope for patients who need organ transplants.Thousands of people die every year waiting for an organ transplant.Even though a surgery is successful, transplants rejections sometimes get symptomatic.On the contrary, utilizing regenerative medicine can reduce the risk of rejections because the cells made from patients' own cells.
Finally, research funding is not sufficient. Although governments budget for researches, many scientists are under fixed-term employment contracts. In addition, research funding seldom covers for living expenses of their family from overseas. Hence, lack of funding would hamper the medical development.
For these above reasons, governments should allocate more budgets to regenerative therapies to put them into practical use. These medical improvements could help millions of people without hope for recuperation . They might eliminate even cancer in the future.