Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cells in Aging Related Diseases

Shannon Whirledge, Kirk C. Lo, and Dolores J. Lamb

Stem cells are derived from embryonic as well as adult sources and vary in their potential for differentiation. Although obtaining stem cells from their natural source (an embryo or fetus) is controversial, they can also be generated in the research laboratory through somatic cell nuclear transfer. Embryonic stem cells can differentiate into a wide variety of cell types (hematopoietic, neural, muscle, germ, islet, and bone marrow), and provide the promise of new therapies for degenerative diseases of aging, tissue replacement, and organ transplantation. In addition, the more differentiated adult stem cells found in tissues, such as the testis, muscle, liver, hematopoietic system, and neural tissues, have considerable regenerative potential and may also have potential applications to rejuvenate failing organ function associated with aging.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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