Stem cells and Regenerative Technologies

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells of various origin with the unique characteristic of self-renewal through growth and with the potential to differentiate into cells with a specific function.  In recent years and with technological advances, stem cells have been shown to have the potential for treatment of a wide variety of ailments.    A lot of what we know about the regenerative attributes of progenitor cells comes from the great resources of development biology and embryology.  To date the most widespread use of stem cell transplantation are from autologoStem with MSNus and allogeneic peripheral and bone marrow.  Experimentally, embryonic and non-embryonic induced stem cells are thought to potentially repair organs or replenish important cell losses such as in Parkinson’s disease. A lot more experimental and technological work has to be done before regenerative stem cell transplantation is a routine occurrence.    

Markers and stem cells in culture