Several recent studies have found that the stem cell 'reprogramming' processes can lead to dangerous abnormalities
Stem cells have been much in the news lately, including for neuromuscular diseases.
Progress is ongoing in coaxing stem cells along specific paths, altering their genes and understanding the immune response to stem cell transplantation
Stem cells are a hot topic these days in medicine, science and law, although the term has multiple meanings and it's easy to get confused.
In short, stem cells are cells at an early stage of development from which specialized cells, such as muscle or nerve cells, can develop (in other words, from which these specialized cells "stem").
Different kinds of stem cells are referred to as:
Omitting a step in which stem cells are grown in serum seems to push them toward nerve-cell development, with options
Researchers at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, Calif., and the University of California at Los Angeles, say they've developed immature nerve cells that are flexible enough to become multiple nervous-system cell types but committed enough not to become other types of cells or form tumors.