Stem Cell Research

Jessica DeLuca & Eddie Glace

What Are Stem Cells and Where Do They Come From?

Many individuals have heard of stem cells, but based on countless arguments, people tend to chose a side rather than do research on what stem cells actually are.

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.

Potential Stem Cell Therapies for Leukemia

Through research it has been apparent that stem cells can be used as a treatment for Leukemia. Currently, there is no stem cell transplant therapy available, but scientists have found a way where stem cells can be used to at least help patients of Leukemia. One way is drug therapy. With further research, scientists will be able to create medicine for patients and if possible, find a safe way to go through stem cell transplants.

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