Stem cells are the raw material that is responsible for creating all other cells in our bodies. These unique cells divide to form more stem cells (called daughter cells), and those cells either produce new stem cells or become specialized cells in a process called differentiation. These specialized cells include blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells, or bone cells.
We can harness this unique power that stem cells possess to generate new healthy cells to replace diseased or damaged ones. They are especially helpful for conditions such as type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries, cancer, burns, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and osteoarthritis, to name a few.