Saving Lives With Stem Cells


  Stem Cell: "A relatively undifferentiated cell in any tissue responsible for replenishing cells lost from a tissue through normal wear and tear, in the case of adult stem cells, or responsible for virtually all of a fetus's cells, in the case of embryonic stem cells; characterized by being able to replicate (through mitosis) seemingly for ever, either in the body or in tissue culture, without wearing out the ends of the chromosomes. Embryonic stem cells are controversial because they are derived from human embryos, sometimes by the process of somatic cell nuclear transfer, which involves creating embryos or embryo-like forms of a kind that could be used for reproductive cloning. The word stem comes from analogy with the stem of a plant giving rise to branches and further branches, representing the ever-increasing number of different paths a stem cell can differentiate into."

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Some say that stem cells may be the new penicillin. Like penicillin, stem cell can become the cure to many deadly diseases. It can become as common, too.



"In the beginning there is the stem cell; it is the origin of an organism's life. It is a single cell that can give rise to progeny that differentiate into any of the specialized cells of embryonic or adult tissues."

STEWART SELL, Stem Cells Handbook


"Researchers and biotech executives foresee the day when the effects of many catastrophic diseases can be reversed. The damaged brains of Alzheimer's disease patients may be restored. Severed spinal cords may be rejoined. Damaged organs may be rebuilt. Stem cells provide hope that this dream will become a reality."

GEORGE WOLFF, The Biotech Investor's Bible


"A stem cell is essentially a blank cell capable of becoming another, more differentiated cell-type in the body, such as a skin cell, a muscle cell or a nerve cell."



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