Embryonic Stem Cell Alternatives

Most people have heard of the possibilities that embryonic stem cell therapies have been promoting.

Up to the last decade or so, people considered embryonic stem cells the only source of cells that can turn into any tissue in the body.

Mesenchymal cells that are found in the blood marrow of adults show similar capabilities as embryonic stem cells in their ability to turn into any type of tissue in the body, where and as needed.

Mark F. Pittenger, et al, from Osiris Therapeutics devoted a report to the, “Multilineage Potential of Adult Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells”.

In an abstract from the report, Mark F. Pittenger, et all, describe the abilities of mesenchymal stem cells. The abstract is quoted here for reference: “Human mesenchymal stem cells are thought to be multipotent cells, which are present in adult marrow, that can replicate as undifferentiated cells and that have the potential to differentiate to lineages of mesenchymal tissues, including bone, cartilage, fat, tendon, muscle, and marrow stroma.” In short, these cells can turn into just about any type of tissue that might be needed in order to recover from an injury or disease (NOTE:Not only are mesenchymal stem cells found in bone marrow, but also they are plentiful in fat, or “adipose” tissue).

Continuing on, with more about the procedure used and results: “Cells that have the characteristics of human mesenchymal stem cells were isolated from marrow aspirates of volunteer donors. These cells displayed a stable phenotype and remained as a monolayer in vitro. These adult stem cells could be induced to differentiate exclusively into the adipocytic, chondrocytic, or osteocytic lineages. Individual stem cells were identified that, when expanded to colonies, retained their multilineage potential.”

So, not only were the cells able to differentiate into many different types of body tissue, but some of these individual cells still maintained the ability to transform into other types of tissue!

The importance of this report is clearly in the ability of adult stem cells to produce whatever type of healing the body is in need of.

Stem Cell Research Pros

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Which Source of Stem Cells is Best?

Many people wonder what the best source of mesenchymal stem cells is: Bone marrow? Umbilical cord blood? Adipose or fat? Let’s look at the findings of Susan Kern, et al, from the Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Immunology, German Red Cross Blood Service of Baden-Württemberg–Hessen, Mannheim, Germany. In a paper titled: “Comparative Analysis of Mesenchymal … Continue reading

Natural Stem Cells Help Stroke Victims

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Stem Cell Research Finds Hope With Cells from Amniotic Fluid

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Amnionic Fluid-Another Source For Stem Cells

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Stem Cell Research Harvests Cells from Baby Teeth

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Stem Cells Work For Stomach Regeneration

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Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons

Like everything in life, stem cell research is not exempt from having both pros and cons. Let’s look at some aspects about stem cell research pros and cons that are of particular interest and usefulness to anyone interested in the subject of stem cells. Stem cell research has been shrouded in controversy as people fight … Continue reading