Presently a lot of controversy surrounds embryonic stem cells. This subject has been in the news frequently during recent times.
The advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health related stories in the past 25 years by CNN, second only to the complete mapping of the human genome.
To have a presidential address to the American nation, solely for the purpose of addressing the issue of stem cell research, is very much out of the ordinary. The jury is, however, still out on the use of embryonic stem cells for regaining health, because of the moral and ethical debate surrounding this issue.
Embryonic stem cells are extracted from the blastula, the very early embryo, that have an exceptional ability to duplicate in vitro, that is in a test tube, and to become cells of almost any tissue.
Stem cells are found in human embryos, but are in fact also found in adult tissue.
Every human body, from the moment of birth, contains adult stem cells. These can be thought of as “master” cells. Until very recently, it was believed that adult stem cells could only become blood cells, bone and connective tissue. Research over the past 5 years have revealed that these cells have capabilities similar to embryonic stem cells.
Adult stem cell are most abundantly found in bone marrow. They circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the natural process of maintaining optimal health.
Why then, do we hear so much in the news about embryonic stem cells, and very little about adult stem cells?
The first embryonic stem cells were grown in vitro, in a petri dish, in the mid 1990s. Rapidly, scientists were successful at growing them for many generations and to trigger their differentiation into virtually any kind of cells, i.e. brain cells, heart cells, liver cells, bone cells, pancreatic cells, etc.
When scientists tried growing adult stem cells, the endeavour was met with less success, as these cells were difficult to grow in vitro for more than a few generations. This led to the idea that embryonic stem cells have more potential than the adult cells. In addition, the ethical concerns linked to the use of embryonic stem cells have led to a disproportionate representation of embryonic stem cells in the media.
Recent developments have established that adult stem cells are comparable to embryonic stem cells in the human body, not in the test tube.
The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal constitutes a new paradigm in health sciences. The theory proposes that stem cells are naturally released by the bone marrow, and travel via the bloodstream toward tissues to promote the body’s natural process of renewal. When an organ is subjected to a process that requires renewal, such as the natural aging process, this organ releases compounds that trigger the release of stem cells from the bone marrow. The organ also releases compounds that attract the stem cells to this organ.
The released stem cells then follow the concentration gradient of these compounds and leave the blood circulation to migrate to the organ where they proliferate and differentiate into cells of this organ, supporting the natural process of renewal.
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