Embryonic Stem Cell Benefits & Facts

1. STEM CELL OVERVIEW

Stem Cells are primitive cells that are found in animals and humans.They have the capacity to:

  • 1. Become another type of cell with a more specialized function such as a blood cell, muscle or nerve cell; or
  • 2. Remain in their current stem cell state and replicate

Embryonic Stem Cells:

Embryonic stem cells are derived from the inner mass of an early stage human embryo that consists of 50 – 150 cells.

ADVANTAGES

Believed to have the most

   differentiation potential

Highly proliferative

Little risk of viral contamination

DISADVANTAGES

Ethical issues and religious objections due to destruction of human embryos

Limited supply of embryos

No clinical experience on humans

May be difficult to “turn off’ replication of cells