Stem cell therapy, sometimes referred to as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional, or injured tissue using stem cells. It’s like organ transplantation, but uses cells instead of donor organs, which are limited in supply.
Cells are grown in a lab. These stem cells are manipulated to specialize into specific types of cells, such as heart muscle cells, blood cells, or nerve cells. The specialized cells can then be implanted into a person. For example, if the person has heart disease, the cells could be injected into the heart muscle. The healthy transplanted heart muscle cells could then contribute to repairing defective heart muscle.
Stem cells are cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells. These have the potential to become specialized cells with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells, or bone cells.
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