The Hall of Fame Show: What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are defined as undeveloped or unspecialized cells capable of duplicating or replicating themselves into any of the body’s cell types. That means that stem cells can become cartilage, bone, muscle, tendon, skin, etc. To the contrary, mature cells are permanently committed to their fate and can’t become other cell types. Stem cells enable the body to renew and repair its damaged tissues.

In this capacity stem cells also have the potential to treat diseases such of the neurological disorders, heart disease, or diabetes. This has opened the exciting field of cell-based therapies, otherwise known as reparative or regenerative medicine.

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