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Stem Cell Therapeutics: Exploring Newer Alternatives to Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Garg, Abhishek D. (2008) Stem Cell Therapeutics: Exploring Newer Alternatives to Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Internet Journal of Health, 8 (1). 00-00. ISSN 1528-8315

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Abstract

Stem cells therapeutics has come a long way since stem cells and their potential was discovered for the first time. Intense research into cellular biology of stem cells has revealed that they possess immense potential for curing many human diseases. Research done in last couple of decades revealed that a particular class of stem cells called, “Human embryonic stem cells (HESCs)” possessed exceptional self-renewal and pluripotency properties. There ability to differentiate into specialized cell lineages of all three embryonic germ layers contributed further towards their popularity. However, in recent times HESCs have come under the cross-hairs of critics, politicians and religious groups due to certain technical and ethical concerns related to them. Such problems with HESCs research have forced stem cell researchers to start exploring the prospects of using alternatives to HESCs for regenerative medicine and therapeutics. In the present review, various sources of stem cells have been described, which in near future, have the potential to replace HESCs in regenerative medicine.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mr Abhishek Dinkarnath Garg
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2009 16:23
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 22:41
Published Version: http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=j...
Status: Published
Publisher: The Internet Scientific Publications
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5319

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