01 May What are the Different Kinds of Stem Cells?
In today’s world of medicine, stem cells are one of the most common topics of conversation. With the ability to regenerate tissue, while also reducing and eliminating pain, stem cell injection procedures have quickly become one of the most popular alternatives to a long list of surgical procedures.
Located in the human body, stem cells possess the ability to develop into a variety of different cell types. Because stem cells have not already determined their specific ligament, tissue or cartilage path, they are often regarded as undifferentiated cells.
Stem cells are considered to be a medical breakthrough because of their unique ability to regenerate and fix different parts of the body, while also proving to be an effective alternative to various surgical procedures. When it comes to their different healing capabilities, there are two main types of stem cells – limited stem cells and unlimited stem cells. The different types of stem cells are defined by their unique capabilities to self renew and their various levels of potency.
Limited Stem Cells
Also referred to as adult stem cells, limited stem cells are unique cells that are only found in more developed tissues and organs (fat or bone marrow). These specific stem cells have been utilized by doctors for a longer period of time within certain medical fields and procedures like bone marrow, hair and skin transplants.
Limited stem cells get their name because they have a relatively limited use when compared unlimited stem cells. While this is true, these specific stem cells are less controversial because of how they are accessed. Quite simply, limited stem cells do not require an embryo to be destroyed in order to be used. In addition, when adult stem cells are withdrawn from the body, there is no risk of the immune system rejecting the process (from bone marrow or fat).
Unlimited Stem Cells
The more controversial of the two, unlimited stem cells are also called embryonic stem cells. With permission from the patient, these stem cells are presently gathered from leftover embryos that are usually thrown away from fertility clinics. It’s important to know that these embryos are developed and remain solely outside of the body.
With the ability to transform into any type of tissue or cell, unlimited stem cells are able to provide a variety of different healing capabilities that limited stem cells can not offer. Interestingly, although a patient may only require a few unlimited stem cell embryos, several more are created during the entire developmental process.
The excess embryos that are not being used are ultimately thrown away, which has caused scientists and doctors to research their additional benefits. After years of research, it has been proven that embryotic stem cells offer unlimited expansion and are ideal for tissue replacement and regenerative medical procedures.
The main downside to these type of stem cells is the possibility of transplant rejection avoidance and directed differentiation. Also, a tumors can form if the embryonic stem cells continue to replicate too much.
With R3 Stem Cell’s procedures, only limited stem cells are used and no embryos are involved. The treatments involve bone marrow or fat or amniotic tissue – NO fetal tissue whatsoever.
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