What are stem cells?
Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are specialized cells that are able to receive signals from the other cells in your body. Stem cells then seek out inflammation and degeneration and go to that location to begin repairing tissue. Stem cells have been shown to help repair muscle, bone, cartilage and tendons. Research has indicated that stem cells can benefit a wide variety of health complications and may assist in individuals living stronger, healthier lives.
Stem Cells Have Been Around for a Long Time
Stem cells have been around for over a century. The term stem cell was used as early as 1866. In 1909, Alexander Maximow lectured at the Berlin Hematological society on a theory that all blood cells originate from the same cell…a stem cell. The first bone marrow transplant occurred in 1968 using stem cells. In 1978 stem cells were discovered in human umbilical cord blood. After this, the world of regenerative medicine began to take shape. Stem cells have the capacity to replace bone, cartilage, heart, tissue, muscle, and more, showing much promise for disease states.
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Breca Tracy, PhD
Director of Science & Operations
800 Hwy 290 W, Building F, Suite 200
Dripping Springs, TX 78620