As an Adult, is it Possible to Stimulate Brain Cell Growth? If so What are the Most Efficient Ways?
This question is significant to me because, I am interested in the human brain, growing brain cells could be a huge advancement in the field of neuroscience. Since neuroscience is something I am considering perusing in the future, this could be something that could broaden my understanding of the field, and it could be something that I could be studying/ working on, one day.
This question is significant to others because, if scientists & doctors can grow brain cells, it could help people with certain illnesses (Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s) as well as brain damage caused by injuries. It could change the lives of so many people, make their lives happier and easier.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells may be one of the ways to grow brain cells?
Why is turning stem cells to brain cells harder then tuning stem cells into blood cells, fat cells, skin cells, etc..?
What are some illnesses/ problems that can be helped by a brain cell transplant?
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Is it worth it to transfer brain cells? What methods are more efficient & safer?
We need to find ways to help people using the different forms of brain cell growth technology. But like anything, there are risk. Knowing these things could give me a better understanding of the probability to help people with this technology.
Stem cells appear to be one of the primary ideas for replacing bad brain cells. to go further, I will be researching other methods, ( if they exist) as well as looking more into the use of stem cells for replacing brain cells, and if they are doing research.
When I looked, I could not find a group researching the transition of stem cells to brain cells in British Columbia, though there are group doing research with stem cells to other cells. Since I have not looked into other methods, I am not certain if there are groups researching other methods.
Since this question is about the inner workings of the brain, and my level of education. I am not trained, or qualified to do an experiment with a real human brain. So I can not do any experiment (that I am aware of). But, I can continue to do research on the subject.
Information Fluency Questions
- What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic?
- what are stem cells? & How do stem cells work?This question was one, since one of the primary methods I found was the use of stem cells. I needed to know what they were, since I did not have a very good understanding of what stem cells were. Now I do!
- What are some illnesses where a brain cell / tissue transplant could be beneficial ? Curing these illnesses, helping the people suffering from theses illnesses is the whole reason for doing this project. So, it is good to know what they are.
- Why is turning stem cells to brain cells so hard, compared to turning stem cells into other cells? Scientist have been using stem cells to become other cells, but the brain is so different form other things they are using stem cells for.
- Is it worth it to transfer brain cells? What methods are more efficient & safer? We need to find ways to help people using the different forms of brain cell growth technology. But like anything, there are risk. Knowing these things could give me a better understanding of the probability to help people with this technology.
- Are there side effects to a brain cell transplant? This one can be linked to the previous question.
- What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use for this project?
- The digital library/ gale
- One note
- Easy bib
- Ted ed
- What was the posses you used to investigate the topic?
- I used the organizer, so I knew what I had to find.
- I started by watching videos (ted ed) on the subsections to my question (ex. Stem cells)
- I like to use videos because it helps me when I can see diagrams & pictures.
- I found my other sources
- Summarized the sources
- Last I types it out, properly
- How did you verify & cite the information you found.
- To start I used sources I knew were reliable
- Ted ed & approved research papers from the gale library.
- I used easy bib to cite my sources, http://www.easybib.com/style
- I found out about it from my teacher last year, puts all the website information into a clear professional format.
- To start I used sources I knew were reliable
- How did the presses of completing this challenge go? What could have you done better?
- It went well, I was able to get almost all the research done in class, so I did not have a lot of homework. Also, the templates for doing the research were clear and they helped me organize everything as I went, which was very helpful.
- What I could have done better, I would have liked to read more papers, and get different perspectives on the idea (in the papers).