Stem Cell Research The Pros large potential for finding treatments and cures to a vast array of diseases; cancers; diabetes, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's, MS, Huntington's, Parkinson's and many more. The use of adult-derived stem cells, from blood, skin and other tissues, has been demonstrated to be effective for treating different diseases in animal models. Umbilical cord-derived stem cells have also been isolated and utilized for various experimental treatments. The Cons The major con to stem-cell research is from the religious stance that life begins at conception and to destroy it to be used for research is immoral and wrong. Currently, the use of embryonic stem cells for research involves the destruction of the blastocysts formed from laboratory-fertilized human eggs.
ADULT STEM CELLS More restricted differentiation capacity Usually lineage specific Located in sites called Niches Bone Marrow Haematopoietic stem cells Bone Marrow Stromal stem cells Transdifferentiation / Developmental plasticity Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells