Having heard about the closure of another embryonic stem cell bank last month due to lack of support, it is not surprising that researchers have this week revealed that the days of embryonic stem cells may be well and truly over.
Stem Cells are blank cells that originate in the bone marrow and have the ability to become cells of any other part of the body. Every day we have millions of stem cells floating around our system, ready to fix or replace damaged cells without us even knowing it.
Embryonic stem cells are taken from a fertilized egg up to 10 days after fertilization. This has resulted in moral debates and arguments between groups that say that stopping anything that has the potential to become a human life from developing is unethical, and those that say most cells are obtained from surplus embryos from fertility clinics that would never have become human beings anyway. Regardless of an individual’s stance on using Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs) no one can deny that the world of Stem Cell research would be a much nicer, simpler place if it didn’t have the ESC debate on its hands, or the natural but inaccurate association that many people make between all stem cells and embryos.
Research over the years has actually shown that, in many ways, Adult Stem Cells (ASCs) can be far more effective when used in treatment. However, ESCs are pluripotent, which means they have the potential to develop into any cell in the human body, where it is believed that ASCs may have very slightly more restricted potential, although their healing effects on liver damage, lungs, joints, heart, eyes and many more organs are proven. ASCs also proved more difficult to grow in vitro, so harder to research than ESCs.
Now it looks as though the people of the Stem Cell world will have to find something else to argue about as scientists reveal that they have found a way to reverse the clock on blood cells and turn them into Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSs), which are able to form any part of the human body. In theory, this should remove the ethical debate around using Stem Cells and allow us to combine the benefits of using pluripotent cells with the benefits of using autologous treatment, where patients’ own cells are used for the procedure.
Research into creating iPSs is on-going but scientists hope that their development will help Stem Cells to deliver the healing capacity that they promise to have. In the meantime the use of Adult Stem Cells in stem cell application is continuing to save many lives in cutting edge procedures. ASC research is continuing unhindered by ethical and moral debates and is showing how valuable the area of Adult Stem Cell Treatment is in stem cell application and the medical world.
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