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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024


What are stem cells?
They are the precursor cells from which all the tissues in the body develop. They can continue replicating indefinitely and have the potential to develop into any specialized cell type, such as blood cells or neurons.
Why are they important?
In addition to teaching scientists about how cells grow and develop, most researchers feel that stem cells offer great medical promise for future medical treatments.
Stem cells could provide replacement cells to treat diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer. Ultimately, they might allow the growth of replacement organs.
What types are there?
Embryonic (or pluripotent) stem cells are formed when a human embryo reaches the blastocyst phase a few days after fertilization. They are the most versatile and can develop into any type of tissue.
Adult (or multipotent) stem cells are formed by the body to replace worn-out cells in many organs and tissues. These cells can only develop into a few predetermined tissue types.
Adult stem cells are much more difficult to keep alive and growing in the laboratory, yet there have been several recent successes. Scientists differ in opinion on the relative usefulness of adult and embryonic stem cells.
Stem cells collected from animals are also commonly used in research, but the medical use of such cells is limited by fear of zoonotic diseases and immune rejection.
Why all the debate?
Many people are opposed to the destruction of a human embryo for any purpose, feeling that it violates the sanctity of human life. However, many others support the research, arguing that the potential medical benefits will help cure many diseases and that the discarded embryos being used would never have had the chance to form a living human.

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