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Making stem cells

  1. May 18, 2004 #1


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    There are two ways that we can obtain stem cells, one are embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and the other are adult-derived stem cells (ASCs), the latter are less pluripotent though.

    It is also possible to get embryonic germ cells (EGCs), which are the ancestors of sperm and egg cells, but I don't see how it is morally any different to use these instead of ESCs.

    But why can't we just make them in culture? What is it that makes a stem cell totipotent and how much does imprinting play a role in this?

    For those who don't know, stem cells have the ability to differentiate in any kind of tissue, thus opening the door to tissue (or even organ) regeneration.
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