Could someone please help me distinguish between embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells with respect to their potential applications in medical technologies?
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- Thread Starter
- 08-02-2018 17:01
- 08-02-2018 18:08
Embryonic stem cells are taken from the embryo at a very early stage of development. These cells are totipotent, and so are able to differentiate into any cell in the body apart from placental ones. These are therefore most versatile when used in medicine, however they have ethical drawbacks.
Adult stem cells, I think, are stem cells that are multipotent. These are found throughout your body (e.g. in bone marrow) and can only differentiate into a limited range of specialised cells. E.g. multipotent cells found in bone marrow cannot differentiate into neurons, but can into blood cells.