The Truth About Embryonic Stem Cells and Arthritis!

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The Truth About Embryonic Stem Cells and Arthritis!

 

The Truth About Embryonic Stem Cells and Arthritis!

 

At the time of conception, when the ovum is fertilized, a process of cell division begins. At this point of the earliest development of the embryo, the cells that have begun the division process are referred to as early embryonic stem cells.  These cells are unique in that they are totipotent, meaning they can be coaxed into becoming any type of tissue. No limitations at all.  While these cells are theoretically the most effective for knee cartilage repair and arthritis treatment, they are obviously the most difficult to harvest. And while embryonic stem cells are the most versatile of stem cells, there is some concern that they may multiply too well and possibly cause cancer. So…  as far as their application to arthritis treatment and osteoarthritis treatment, they are probably not the best type of stem cell to use. In the discussion of pros and cons of stem cells, the chance of malignant degeneration is definitely a con.

 
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