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As a graduate student at the University of North Carolina’s genetics department, I can assure you that embryonic stem cells are not the miracle cure people thought they are, nor are they even the ideal medical treatment. The goal of most stem cell research today is to identify and harvest cells from adult patients and use them to treat that patient’s disease. These cells – found in many organs such as the skin – may be the most useful. They have the same DNA as the patient and carry none of the moral issues of embryonic cells.