A stem cell is basically a special cell that can uniquely do two functions: replicate and differentiate. This means the cell can not only multiply and make copies of itself, but it can also differentiate or turn into various other tissue types. There are several kinds of stem cells.
Most people have heard about “embryonic stem cells” – at the Asim Medical Stem Cell Treatment Center we do NOT use embryonic stem cells. These are cells from the embryonic stage of human development – from human babies or human fetuses – and are “pluripotent” because they have yet to differentiate and can change into any body part. Because they are taken from unborn embryos, there has been considerable moral and ethical controversy surrounding their use. Furthermore, while they have shown promise in some areas of medicine, they have also been associated with occasional tumor (teratoma) formation. Stem cell research is being conducted by several companies, most of them outside the United States, to isolate particular lines of embryonic cells for future use.