Stem Cell Research
Jessica DeLuca & Eddie Glace
What Are Stem Cells and Where Do They Come From?
Stem cells are unspecialized cells. This means that the cells can renew themselves in order to repair a certain organ or other important part of the body. The way they are able to renew themselves is through a process known as cell division.
There are two types of stem cells: adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. The difference between the two is where they derive from.
Adult stem cells come from bone marrow, fat, teeth, and amniotic fluid. Embryonic stem cells come from embryos 3-5 days old.
Adult stem cells
The image above shows a simple adult stem cell which is capable of renewing and morphing itself into other cells to mend a certain part of the body.
Embryonic stem cells
The image shows an embryonic stem cell which can be used to cure many diseases and medical conditions, one of which is our main focus, Leukemia.
Leukemia Cancer Cells
Through recent studies, stem cells can be used to treat Leukemia which is a benefit for numerous individuals suffering with the condition.