Stem Cells and Reproductive Diseases

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells which are capable of reproducing themselves (self-renewal) and differentiating into different types of cells. The two main properties of stem cells are self-renewal and potency which allow them to differentiate into any kind of cells. Recently in 2004, two studies showed that ovaries do contain stem cells which form oocytes in adults and that can be cultured in vitro into mature oocytes. Another study provided novel evidence of endometrial regeneration by stem cells in women who received bone marrow transplants. This finding has potential for the use in treatment of uterine disorders. It also supports a new theory for the cause of endometriosis, which is a condition in which cells similar to those in the endometrium grows outside of it.

 

  • Stem Cells: Controversies & Regulation
  • Human Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs)
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Stem Cell Technologies

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