The Entrance into the Stem Cell Era: An Opportunity for Theraputics, Diagnostics, and Drug Discovery
Najia, Mohamad Ali
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In recent years, stem cell research has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of scientific discovery and medical promise. Human embryonic stem cells capture the imagination because they are immortal and have an almost unlimited developmental potential. After many months of growth in culture dishes, these remarkable cells maintain the ability to form cells ranging from muscle to nerve to blood—potentially any cell type that makes up the human body. The proliferative and developmental potential of human embryonic stem cells promises an essentially basic research and transplantation therapies for diseases, ranging from heart disease to Parkinson’s disease to leukemia. Stem cells can also be used to study an individual’s disease progression in vitro, opening up opportunities for personalized therapeutics and pharmaceuticals.
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