What are the kinds of stem cells?
There are many different kinds of stem cells from different places in the body and that are formed in different stages of life. The most common are:
Embryonic Stem Cells
Embryonic stem cells are gathered from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst, or a hollow ball of cells that is formed right after an egg is fertilized by a sperm. The cells inside the blastocyst will generally give rise to specialized cells that form the entire body throughout normal development. In a lab, these properties can be extracted and grown to help the body’s functioning and development.
Tissue-specific Stem Cells
Tissue-specific stem cells are the adult stem cells that are more specialized than embryonic stem cells. They can generate different cell types for the specific tissue, bone, or organ that they live in. Blood-forming stem cells are the cells used to treat diseases like leukemia by generating red or white blood cells, or platelets.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Mesenchymal stem cells are cells isolated from the connective tissue surrounding tissues and organs, or the stroma. These cells have been shown to be capable of making bone, cartilage, and fat cells. There is not as much research on these cells as others, so less is known about using these to treat diseases and ailments. However, the future of mesenchymal stem cells is bright!
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Induced pluripotent stem cells are tissue-specific cells engineered in a lab to behave like embryonic stem cells. These cells have been, and continue to be, important to scientists learning about development and progression of the disease. They also are used to test drugs and therapies.
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