What are Stem Cells and Why Are They Important For Arthritis Treatment?

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What are Stem Cells and Why Are They Important For Arthritis Treatment?

An Explanation from Dr. Wei

What Are Stem Cells And Why Are They Important For Arthritis Treatment?


When an egg is first fertilized and cells begin to divide, they are capable of becoming any type of organ tissue. These are embryonic stem cells… the body’s basic building block cell.  They are essentially “blank slate” cells that can renew themselves and mature into various cell types in organs as diverse as the heart, the gut, muscle, and joint tissue. Embryonic stem cells are just one of many types of stem cells but the key idea to understand is that a stem cell is a very plastic cell and can be coaxed under certain circumstances to become different types of organ tissue. That’s why there’s so much excitement in the tissue engineering field about these cells. This is particularly true when it comes to arthritis and cartilage regeneration for osteoarthritis and subsequent knee stem cell repair. Here’s a video that explains more:
    http://youtu.be/btWM-jWn6bQ

and another… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3iOGLx2elI


 

 
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