Recent findings are changing the perception of stem cells as the cells’ pluralism and differential capabilities are more than previously thought. It offers more opportunities to impact human development and regenerative medicine development.
Stem Cell Regeneration and Differentiation
Unlike the previous view that mature human cells do not take a different structure and only the embryonic stem cells would transform, there is evidence that both have pluripotent and differentiation capabilities. Research on stem cells’ contribution to human and medical development has come a long way. In this read, we will look at how stem cells evolved.
Stem Cells in Modern Medicine
Modern medicine uses stem cells regeneration for various treatments, including;
- Stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s: the treatment seeks to improve the condition by replacing damaged nerve cells caused by the disease. Although there are others to get stem cells, doctors take them from the bone marrow in therapy for Alzheimer’s. During therapy, it is essential to eat nutritious foods to improve your physical health and strength. Avoiding sugary products will help with the recovery process.
- Stem cell therapy for cardiac insufficiency: people who have suffered heart attack suffer muscle damage which affects how the organ pumps blood. Stem cell therapy for cardiac insufficiency helps repair tissues to improve heart functioning and health while averting the risk of cardiovascular issues. The treatment can use stem cells from various sources in the body. Still, medical practitioners prefer to take from the bone marrow. They consider it viable for the type of therapy because they are sterile and require minimal preparation and manipulation in regenerative medicine.
- Stem cell therapy for diabetes: after losing beta cells due to the type 1 disease, stem cell therapy replenishes them to improve a patient’s health. Type 2 diabetes patients will not require insulin injections as the therapy helps with its production and reduces blood sugar levels.
How have Stem Cells Evolved
Stem cells are linked to evolution as biologists try to explain human beings’ differences. They argue that if the creation story is true, all species would be similar.
The basis is stem cells’ regeneration and differentiation, which start as a songle cell and can transform into an organism. Stem cells can change their structure to a specialized cell that is autonomous in its functions. In addition, stem cells multiply for plasticity, enabling them to exist in other tissues.
The History of Stem Cells
Evolution theory traces the existence of stem cells millions of years ago, where they existed as a unicellular organism that changed to multicellular, explaining why all organisms are multicellular through natural selection. After further regeneration and differentiation, varying species continued the lineage through sexual reproduction.
Although stem cells have existed for a long time, they are getting renewed attention because of their regeneration and differentiation attributes.
The breakthrough in utilizing stem cell regeneration happened in the 19th century, and there have been further discoveries since then. There has been renewed research to find stem cells’ potential in human development and regenerative medicine.