Stem Cell Summary - Sara Carlson BIOS120-113 March 27, 2007...

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Sara Carlson BIOS120-113 March 27, 2007 Stem Cell Article Summary This article was about the different types of stem cells and their potential impacts on the medical world. There are adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells, which are less-accessible to scientists due to controversy and ethical issues. Adult stem cells include bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, and are defined as “immature cell groups useful for tissue repair, maintaining tissue homeostasis and repair in a niche-specific controlled microenvironment.” (C. McGuckin et al.). Although access to UCB is limited in the United States, unfortunately, many other countries are studying its potential in regenerative medicine. UCB is advantageous for regenerative medicine because the blood is multipotent, it is a non-invasive method and it has a lower risk for viral contamination. UCB is also a very large source due to very high birth rates and it is relatively unused at the time. In class we discussed the question of whether a pluripotent injection of cells would be
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course BIOS 120 taught by Professor Cundall during the Fall '06 term at Lehigh University .

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