Educational Resources

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the foundation cells for every organ and tissue in our bodies. The highly specialized cells that make up these tissues originally came from an initial pool of stem cells formed shortly after fertilization. Throughout our lives, we continue to rely on stem cells to replace injured tissues and cells that are lost every day, such as those in our skin, hair, blood and the lining of our gut. (Source: ISSCR)

What do people often not realize about Stem Cells?

1. Adult Stem Cells (ASC) (Somatic Stem Cells)

2. Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC)

3. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS)