Guide To Understanding Stem Cells

Uses For Stem Cells

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Stem cells have many uses in medicine today. They are often used in research that looks into how an organism forms from one single cell and how healthy cells end up replacing defective cells. Stem cells have helped with research into different types of treatments and medications by providing insight into how these forms of treatment affect the cells. This type of research has helped the medical community understand cancerous cells better and has provided help in the development of anti-cancer drugs. Stem cells are also used to gain an understanding of how to treat diseases caused by the lack of cell regeneration in certain tissues like diabetes and heart disease. Stem cells are not only extremely useful to medical research, but are also being used to treat cancers of the blood, diseases and cancers of the immune system, and bone fracture defects. Individuals affected by disorders and diseases that destroy the bone marrow tissues or blood cells can replace the dead and diseased bone marrow with the use of a stem cell transplant.

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