Stem Cells: What Are They, and How Do They Work?

Stem Cells: What Are They, and How Do They Work?

Stem cells are the progenitor cells of every cell and tissue of the human body.

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Stem Cell Articles, Facts, and Research

Stem Cell Articles, Facts, and Research

Here at our educational stem cell blog, you will find important information on stem cell therapy, research news, facts and prejudices, fascinating stories, and any other interesting, stem cell-related topics.

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Stem Cell Diseases: What Diseases Can Be Cured with Stem Cells

Stem Cell Diseases: What Diseases Can Be Cured with Stem Cells

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What are stem cells?

Stem cells (also called precursor or blast cells) form the organs and tissues of our body. The cells are formed at the embryonic stage and are able to maintain their number for a certain period of our lives.

A bit of history

The term stem cell was first implemented in 1908 by A.A. Maksimov, a Russian histologist.
The first bone marrow transplant was carried out for identical twins in 1959 by Donnal Thomas.

Our goal

The goal of our stem cell blog is to give simple and clear answers to complex questions. We will share our knowledge as we gather it -from around the world.

Why is stem cell therapy such a hot topic today?

A few years ago, the amount of stem cell research was sorely lacking, thus resulting in many prejudices and myths. Today, public opinion on the appropriateness and safety of stem cell treatment invokes controversy for many reasons:
• The lack of stem cell research and sufficient facts about their effect on the human body are hugely detrimental. Although stem cell treatment already shows amazing results (the USA, Canada, Israel, Switzerland, and Germany have achieved the greatest results in stem cell treatment), it will take years to exclude the negative effects of such treatment.
• The process of obtaining licenses significantly slows down the stem cell research and implementation of treatment on a larger scale. Today, there is warranted concern and skepticism about the legitimacy of bioengineering laboratories and clinics, partially due to the high occurrence of healthcare scams and false advertising. Even Google has banned clinics from advertising for stem cell treatments.
• Moral and ethical concerns: From the very first emergence of stem cell news, many religious factions had immediate negative responses.

Stem cells are widely used for:
• restoring damaged limbs in traumatology;
• treatment of a wide range of dental problems and periodontal diseases;
• treatment of various illnesses in ophthalmology;
• regeneration of damaged bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments in orthopedics;
• treatment of severe burns, many skin problems, autoimmune diseases (arthrosis and arthritis, rheumatism), types 1 and 2 diabetes, and nervous system diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s).
In many cases, stem cell therapy is the only possible treatment–and it saves lives. The world’s developed countries are currently boosting stem cell research, investing more than $30 billion annually in the development of biotechnological companies.
Today’s stem cell facts are impressive: more than 20,000 clinical procedures take place worldwide each year, and scientists continue to study the possibilities of stem cells and their role in the treatment of new diseases.