Stem Cells Study
Victoria, Danielle, Morgan
Stem Cells are the Future for ALS
Robert Wood Johnson is conducting a study on ALS Disease. We are looking for participates in the early stage of the disease who would like to try stem cell therapy. Stem cells are cells that have the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and give rise to multiple specialized cell types. They can develop into brain, blood, lungs, and bone cells.Stem cells have helped scientists understand how diseases occur and develop The stem cells that would be used for this trial would be extracted from embryos and skin stem cells or iPS. Embryonic Stem cells come from the umbilical cord. Embryonic stem cells are the cells that will be used for this trial because they are in the early stage so they haven't developed yet. Some cells can be from adult bone marrow and fat but there has not been enough information to fully use them.
Stem Cells in Treating Diseases
The IPS cells are being converted into motor neurons. Motor neurons are the cells affected. When the cells are implanted they will go to the center of the disease and replace the cells that have been affected with new healthy ones. Embryonic stem cells do the same and are differentiated into the cell type which then replaces the cells of the disease or injury. A type of treatment could be used to replace neurons damaged by ALS or other neurological problems. Stem cells are the future of medicine and we want to get as much of a head start as possible.