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Embryonic Stem Cells

05/09/2012

ESC Poster

Embryonic stem cells are derived from a very early stage embryo known as a “blastocyst” – a cluster of cells that resemble a hollow, microscopic sphere. Unlike adult stem cells, which are restricted to producing limited cell types, embryonic stem cells have the potential to generate every cell type in the body.

The advantages of ESCs are:

Make cell lines

Turn into many tissues  (pluripotency)

No rejection if personalized cell line

Disadvantages:

Generate tumors (cancer) when injected into animals

Control of differentiation and cell division

Ethical issues

Limited number of cell lines

Rejection potential if from a different donor

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