Stem cells are the body's raw materials, 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 daughter cells either become new stem cells or become special cells with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural abilityto generate new cell types. The 5 ways that you can extract stem cells are from bone marrow, fat, blood, the umbilical cord and embryo tissue. Bone marrow and embryo tissue seem to be the most successful so far. Stem cells from the bone marrow have shown the ability to help treat diseases like leukemia and bone marrow failure disorders. Embryo tissue has shown to be a far better and successful choice for stem cells. Embryotic stem cells are usually healthier and more versatile than adults. Adult stem cells are less durable
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