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Facts, pros and cons of stem cell research?

Facts, pros and cons of stem cell research?

Too big: That's a very large topic that can't even begin to be discussed in this small forum. There are many volumes and centers that research this. You might try some of these such as the university of pennsylvania center for bioethics. ...Read more

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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more


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What's the history of research on adult stem cells since bush left office?

What's the history of research on adult stem cells since bush left office?

Exploding: Most current studies are moving to use of adult derived stem cells, which eliminate the controvery and moral issues of destroying embryos. Fat tissue and bone marrow are the most common donor sites, with adult cells that can become bone, cartilage, muscle (incl heart), nerve, pancreas, structural fat grafts, chronic wound healing and graft-vs-host problems (tissue rejection). ...Read more

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What are pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research, cloning?

What are pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research, cloning?

Controversial: Significant moral and scientific controversies in use of genetic engineering and cloning. Limited experience in the long-term outcomes make both issues limited to laboratory and animal studies. ...Read more

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What are some pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research and cloning?

What are some pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research and cloning?

Still research: Stem cells and cloning are research tools but they offer the hope of treating some disorders that may not have any other successful treatments. Consider new pancreas cells to treat diabetes, cells to correct parkinsons, etc. I doubt anyone has a good idea of where cloning will be of benefit. Any technology can be abused but let's focus on the good hopeful uses. ...Read more

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Pros and cons of a stem cell transplant?

Pros and cons of a stem cell transplant?

Cure vs toxicity: This depends on the type of transplant (autologous-your own cells; allogeneic-donor cells), the disease that is being treated and the status of the disease. Stem cell transplants do have a higher toxicity than most standard treatments but in many cases can control the underlying cancer for a longer period of time and can cure many cancers that cannot be cured with standard therapy. ...Read more

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Do you support stem cell research?

Do you support stem cell research?

Wrong Forum: I am sorry, but our private musings about science are not in any way the purpose of Health Tap. We are here to teach, and help patients with real medical problems. Politics are not on our agenda here. Perhaps you can find a different forum to debate or discuss the politically sensitive topics. ...Read more

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What is a stem cell line in research?

Group of stem cells: A stem cell line is a group of stem cells that have been produced in vitro (in glass) from a starter colony of stem cells. This line can be harvested multiple times for a set of experiments. ...Read more

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What stem cells are used for in research?

What stem cells are used for in research?

Stem cell use: Stem cells can be used for a variety of testing, but one of the most important is understanding what extracellular signals induce the stem cells to differentiate into a particular cell type. ...Read more

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How can we benefit from stem cell research?

Adult stem cells: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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