Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 332 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Nov-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Nov-2004
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Research ethics and stem cells
Stem cells show potential for many different areas of health and medical research, and studying them can help us understand how they transform into the dazzling array of specialized cells that make us what we are. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are caused by problems that occur somewhere in this process.  more

Stem cell basics
Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.  more

Stem cells: Online resources
The links included here connect you to other online resources about stem cells. These sites operate independently of the Vidyya Medical News Service. Vidyya is not responsible for the availability or content of other sites. Permission to reproduce information at other sites may be required. Vidyya does not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the information, services, or products described or offered at these external sites. more


Stem Cells: Frequently asked questions (FAQS)
Get answers to questions such as: What are human embryonic stem cells? What classes of stem cells are there? Where do stem cells come from? Why do scientists want to use stem cell lines?  more

International stem cell research
Controversy surrounds stem cell research in the U.S., so multi-national research is critical in this field. An example of a collaborative international effort is the International Stem Cell Forum (ISCF). ISCF is made up of 14 leading funders of stem cell research from around the world.  more

2004 Abstracts: Highlights of stem cell research
Read abstracts that contain the latest information about stem cell research. more

Stem cell glossary
Don't know a blastocoel from a blastocyst? You're not alone. This glossary, which appears courtesy of the National Institutes of Health, should help. more

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