Stem Cell Research

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Stem Cell Basics

Stem cells are a nature of life that are being derived to treat disease and infection. They are derived from embryonic and non- embryonic tissues. Most of the major information about stem cells comes from human cells but it has also been derived from animals. It has became a huge debate among the public whether or not stem cells should be derived for research and to be used for cloning and other major concerns.

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The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC) is on the cusp of transforming patient care through the development of personalized stem cell based therapies for a wide range of diseases. Our commitment to innovation and cross disciplinary collaboration continually reshapes and expands the culture of scientific exploration at UCLA and positions us as a leader in the field. Established in 2005, we are among the youngest and most successful programs in California. The breadth of research being conducted at the Broad Stem Cell Research Center is far reaching and seeks to bring basic laboratory research discoveries to the clinic. Our research programs include stem cell immune therapy of cancer and HIV, neurodegenerative disease and repair, diabetes, islet transplantation and other metabolic disorders, cardiac repair, genetic diseases with bone marrow and stem cell transplants, and musculo-skeletal repair and regeneration. The Link below will discuss the great debate involving stem cell research and it mainly talks about the stem cell research within embryos since that is the main concern among the people.

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The primary role of adult stem cells in humans is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found. While we call them adult stem cells, they are more accurately called somatic (from the Greek word soma = body) because they come virtually any body tissue, not only in adults but children and babies as well.

Adult type stem cells come from:

  • Umbilical Cords, Placentas and Amniotic Fluid—Adult type stem cells can be derived from various pregnancy-related tissues.

  • Body Tissues—In adults and children, from the moment we're born, stem cells are present within virtually all tissues and organ systems.

  • Cadavers—Neural stem cells have been removed from specific areas in post-mortem human brains as late as 20 hours following death.

Adult stem cells are a “natural” solution. They naturally exist in our bodies, and they provide a natural repair mechanism for many tissues of our bodies. They belong in the microenvironment of an adult body, while embryonic stem cells belong in the microenvironment of the early embryo, not in an adult body, where they tend to cause tumors and immune system reactions.

Most importantly, adult stem cells have already been successfully used in human therapies for many years. New therapies using adult type stem cells are being developed all the time.

Susan Solomon: The promise of research with stem cells