How Freckles Yield Stem Cells

Freckles for most of us probably just seem like little bits of pigment on our skin that we either don’t care about or vainly want to remove. New research, however, shows that your freckles might be far more than an aesthetic part of your body. One study found that those …

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Stem Cells from Extracted Teeth

When you think about your teeth, you are probably associating them with anything from beauty to functioning as you chew food, speak and possibly plan your next dental visit. But your teeth have capabilities that might surprise you – they could be a future source of stem cells. Far from …

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Using Stem Cells from Fat

To date, we have obtained stem cells from virtually all over the body, in the hopes of finding ways to avoid the ethical issues associated with embryonic stem cells. Newer research studies have now looked at the potential to use stem cells sourced from fat. The benefit is that fat …

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Cord Blood Stem Cells

Stem cells are often called ‘master cells’ because they are unspecialised cells that give rise to specialised cells in the body’s tissues and organs. Their potential to treat disease is exciting because they can thus replace diseased and dysfunctional cells with new and healthy ones. Scientists are constantly attempting to …

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Adult vs. Embryonic Stem Cells

Research has been ongoing now for years as scientists have tried to determine whether stem cells from adult tissues have the same capabilities and potential as embryonic stem cells. Studies are constantly revealing new information and it is hoped that therapeutic applications will be developed from both sources. The question, …

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Adult Stem Cells

Although stem cells have defining characteristics, they do have different sources. Adult stem cells, also called somatic stem cells, possess the same basic characteristics of all stem cells. An adult stem cell is an unspecialised cell that is capable of: Long term renewal Differentiation into specialised cell types In humans, …

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Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cells have generated an enormous amount of ethical controversy and discussion, primarily because of their source. As the name implies, embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos. As with all stem cells, embryonic stem cells are unspecialised cells that have the ability to: Self-renew for long periods of …

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