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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Stem Cell (Overview)

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 cells for a lifetime.


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What are stem cells?

What are stem cells?

Definition stem cell: All humans first start as a fertilized ovum, which is totipotent ("potential to become every cell"). After several days, it grows into an embryo, comprised of embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are still very unspecialized, and are described as being pluripotent ("potential to become a wide variety of cells"). Adult stem cells are multipotent ("a limited potential for differentiation"}. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Stem Cell (Overview)

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 cells for a lifetime.


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Can stem cells be clonned?

Can stem cells be clonned?

There are: Lots of different "stem cells." there is work in this area on embryonic stem cells. We do not have this technology for clinical applications, and certainly not in the hematopoietic arena. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

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Where are stem cells found?

Where are stem cells found?

Everywhere we look: Stem cells are cells which can, under certain conditions, produce more differentiated, tissue-specific daughter cells. There are stem cells in the skin, the heart, the circulating blood, the bone marrow, the fat -- just about anywhere. ...Read more

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How effective is stem cells?

Stem cells: For which condition.Stem cells are being used for many different conditions. ...Read more

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How are stem cells extracted?

Depends on cell type: There are a variety of stem cell types, including embryonic, which reside in a 4 day old embryo; vs.adult stem cells, which reside in mature tissues. Bone marrow stem cells are the only type in routine use and may be harvested from marrow aspirations, peripheral blood mobilization, or umbilical cord blood. Induced progenitor cells may be made in the lab from other cell types through gene therapy. ...Read more

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What is a stem cell definition?

A starter cell: A stem cell is a cell that produces more specialized cells. If you imagine all of the possible finished cells as leaves on a tree, with in between cells as the branches, the stem would be the trunk. ...Read more

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Tell me about stem cells please.?

Stem: Two types, embryonic which cells can develop into any tissue or organ; adult - cells which are within tissues to help maintain themselves or regenerate/repair damage tissues. Adult cells are derived from fat tissue (by liposuction) and from bone marrow. Exciting use in tendon/ligament, muscle, joint, chronic wounds, radiation damage, etc. Are currently being used with platelet conc to heal tissu. ...Read more

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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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Can you donate your own stem cells?

Can you donate your own stem cells?

Yes: Harvesting of fat stem-stromal cells & bone marrow is possible. Some are storing these (cryopres) for future applicaitons. Lipoaspiration provides the most numbers of mscs, and is currently used in many clinical applications in plastic surgery, wounds, and musculoskeletal disorders. ...Read more