About Stem Cells
Stem cells can be divided into two broad types of cells:
Embryonic Stem Cells: Embryonic regenerative cells are derived from the early embryonic tissue which we do not use for ethical reasons.
Adult Stem Cells: Adult stem cells are obtained from adult tissue and are found in most tissue types and act as the repair system for the body, replenishing and maintaining the bodies organs and tissues. Fat is an easy source to obtain regenerative cells.
Stem cells are defined by two properties: First, they can self-regenerate, that is they can divide and give rise to more regenerative cells of the same kind. Second, they can mature or differentiate into specialized cells that carry out a specific function, such as in the skin, muscle, or blood.
Stem cell science shows much promise for the future treatment of a wide range of diseases and conditions, but much of the research is still in early stages. There is good cause for hope, but progress is slower than the media often suggests.