Stem cell research has developed quite the reputation over the years. From the banning of embryonic cell research in 1996, to the back and forth between regulating and defunding studies, it’s no surprise that there are myths surrounding this controversial topic.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common illusions about stem cell therapy and tie up any of the loose ends that may have you concerned about this regenerative medicine option.
Myth: All stem cells are the same
Many people compare adult and embryonic stem cells, but they’re not one in the same. According to NPR science correspondent Joe Palca, all stems cells are different; some are unspecialized and some are specialized.
“Embryonic stem cells are obtained from human embryos,” Palca shared with NPR. “They have the capacity to turn into any cell type in the body. Adult stem cells have been found in some mature human tissues, including the brain and bone marrow. There is a scientific debate over whether their ability to become specialized is limited to their tissue of origin, or whether they can turn into other types of tissue.”
“Embryonic stem cells can develop into any type of cell in the body.”
Essentially, adult stem cells grow and maintain your body’s organs as you age. Embryonic stem cells can develop into any type of cell within the body.
Myth: Stem cells are only beneficial for spinal cord injuries
Stem cell therapy may be known for helping patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological conditions, but that’s not all. According to the Cleveland Clinic, stem cell therapy has proven its ability to be useful in everything from cardiac conditions, to inflammatory bowel diseases and transplants. Some of the other uses of stem cell therapy include rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and asthma.
Myth: Stem cells are used for human cloning
The creation of embryonic cells by nuclear transplantation is much different from human reproductive cloning. Embryonic cell production is also known as nonreproductive cloning, therapeutic cloning, research cloning, or somatic cell nuclear transfer, according to The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine. These cells are used for clinical and research purposes.
Human reproductive cloning involves replacing the nucleus of an egg cell with an adult cell. If successful, the reconstructed egg will produce a blastocyst, or embryo that’s composed of nearly 150 cells. The end result would be creating a newborn with identical nuclear genes as the original adult cells placed in the egg, thus, creating a clone.
Learn more about stem cell therapy at the Longevity Centres of America
Don’t let common myths about stem cell therapy scare you away from the power of regenerative medicine. At the Longevity Centres of America, we use this cutting-edge technique to create new organ tissues to ease pain associated with joints, autoimmune disorders, neurologic conditions and more.
To learn more about stem cell therapy or schedule your free consultation, contact us directly today. We look forward to introducing you to regenerative medicine and helping you live your life to the fullest.