Cell Specialization 2. Video. Learning Goals. Define the term “stem cell.” Explain how stem cells can become specialized. Compare and contrast embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. State one practical use of stem cell research. Regeneration.
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Define the term “stem cell.”
Explain how stem cells can become specialized.
Compare and contrast embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.
State one practical use of stem cell research.
The process of replacing or regrowing a lost body part
The salamander is able to regenerate limbs, tails, lenses of the eye and parts of the heart.
Scientists are studying stem cells in animals and plants so that they can understand the process of cell specialization.
They believe that stem cells may be used to treat injuries and diseases by regenerating organs.
Stem Cell Video
Stem cells used in the treatment of such diseases as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
There is much public debate about the use of embryonic stem cells.
It is possible to harvest a few embryonic stem cells from the umbilical cord or placenta, but to collect larger amounts of embryonic stem cells; it is necessary to destroy the embryo.