Stem Cells: The Scientific View

By: Brittany K, Madeline L, Maddie W, and Maggie C

What is a Stem Cell?

A stem cell is "A cell that may differentiate into other cell types. (stem cell)" This means that stem cells are not yet specified and do not have a specific function. When another tissue is in need of more cells, stem cells can transform into those cells. There are two types of stem cells, adult and embryonic. Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cell in a mature organism. These cells replenish the dying and damaged cells throughout the body. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent stem cells that are found in embryos, which is an "organism in its early stages of development, especially before it has reached a distinctively recognizable form. (embryo)"
Scientific Views

Stem cell treatments can cure diseases, heal injuries, and possibly even save lives, but their are also some risks to this procedure. We interviewed several scientists to hear their opinions. Click the title to read more.

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Work Citied

"embryo." The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary. 2007. Houghton Mifflin Company 5 Feb. 2016

"stem cell." Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary. 2012. Farlex 5 Feb. 2016