Mesenchymal stem cells are a type of adult stem cell that can differentiate into a variety of different stem cells. In this article we discuss mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and answer the questions: what are mesenchymal stem cells and what are they used for?
Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of a pre-implantation embryo. Embryonic stem cells are a type of stem cell: an undifferentiated cell which can become multiple types of cells and proliferate indefinitely. Research on embryonic stem cells has sparked impassioned debates about the ethics of stem cells and the question of when human life begins.
Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of a blastocyst, a pre-implantation embryo. They can be used to test drugs, model diseases, and as therapies that can be injected into the body. Embryonic stem cells are a type of stem cell: an undifferentiated cell which can become multiple types of cell and proliferate indefinitely.
Stem cell therapy is the administration of stem cells, usually through IV or injection, to provide relief for a disease or condition. Stem cell therapy can be used to treat cardiovascular diseases and orthopedic conditions, as well as assist in the growth of new hair and skin tissue.
Stem cell-based therapies have the potential to treat and/or eradicate many of the most debilitating diseases and injuries that we may face during our lives. They, stem cells, are under-appreciated, misrepresented, and certain types (like embryonic) can be ethically contentious.