Stem Cell Research
What Is A Stem Cell?
Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. There are two types of stem cells, they are called; Embryonic stem cells, and adult stem cells. Adult stem cells can divide or self-renew indefinitely, enabling them to generate a range of cell types from the originating organ or even regenerate the entire original organ. It is generally thought that adult stem cells are limited in their ability to differentiate based on their tissue of origin, but there is some evidence to suggest that they can differentiate to become other cell types, while Embryonic stem cells are derived from a four- or five-day-old human embryo. At this stage, an embryo is called a blastocyst and has about 150 cells. These are pluripotent stem cells, meaning they can divide into more stem cells or can become any type of cell in the body. Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues in people. I believe that stem cells research will benefit everyone. Some People who might benefit from stem cell therapies include those with spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, and cancer.