There Are Different Types Of Stem Cells For Cancer Treatment Research
A recent study mentioned that there are three types of stem cells for cancer treatment, namely:
Pluripotent stem cells
These are referred to as “master” cells because they can develop into any kind of cell or tissue the body needs.
One of the types of pluripotent stem cells is the controversial embryonic stem cells, which we get from unused embryos donated by couples who had in vitro fertilization.
However, due to ethical concerns around destroying the embryo to harvest embryonic stem cells, scientists do not use them for cancer treatment research. They mostly use induced pluripotent cells, which come from ordinary body cells (such as skin cells) and are converted into pluripotent cells.
Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells come from cells that divide to replenish dying or damaged cells. They may be called adult stem cells, but even kids have them. Unlike pluripotent stem cells, adult stem cells can only develop into the type of cell they originated from. For instance, stem cells from liver cells can only develop into liver cells.