Learn about the Types of Stem Cells
Stem cell research raises ongoing ethical questions when using embryonic stem cells, but stem cells from cord blood and adult stem cells show ongoing promise in research labs. Research is promising for developing treatments or cures for diseases such as diabetes, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, and heart disease. Another good source for stem cells are stem cells in teeth. Now you can store a tooth when your child loses a baby tooth. Stem cells are found in the dental pulp of baby teeth and wisdom teeth. Stem cell storage in a tooth bank may one day provide cures or therapies for the donor. Not too long ago this would’ve been thought to be science fiction. Someday your child may benefit from stem cell research if they develop a health condition that needs their own stem cells for the cure.
Types of Stem Cells
Stem cells come from different areas in the body, and some are formed at various times in your life. Embryonic stem cells are from the earliest stage of development. Tissue-specific, or adult stem cells, exist throughout life. All stem cells can make copies of themselves, and can be developed into specialized cells, but there are circumstances under which they can’t do certain things, so scientists use all types of stem cells in their research. Tissue-specific stem cells can generate cells for the tissue or organ they come from.