Stem cells are your body’s foundational cells. They are the raw material from which all other cells in your body are generated. Stem cells are self-renewing and divide into other cells when living in an optimal environment. They can differentiate themselves into any type of cell, which makes them very effective at healing various diseases.
Stem cell research is advancing rapidly, and stem cells are used to study replace or regenerate diseased tissue as well as provide insights into the development of disease.
The importance of stem cells
All cells in your body have specific functions, but stem cells can transform into almost any type of cell. Your body has stem cells throughout your life, and your body can use them whenever a need arises. Adult stem cells exist even when in a developing embryo. They exist in a non-specific state until your body needs them for a specific function like muscle or skin cells.
Scientists have found stem cells in
- Blood and blood vessels
- Bone marrow
- Skeletal muscles
Current research shows that stem cells can be guided into transforming into specific cells that can repair and regenerate diseased tissue. And, studying stem cells is giving scientists insights into how serious health conditions like cancer or congenital disabilities occur.
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