An overview of stem cell research and regulatory issues.

  title={An overview of stem cell research and regulatory issues.},
  author={Christopher R. Cogle and Steven M. Guthrie and Ronald C Sanders and William L. Allen and Edward W. Scott and Bryon E. Petersen},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  volume={78 8},
Stem cells are noted for their ability to self-renew and differentiate into a variety of cell types. Some stem cells, described as totipotent cells, have tremendous capacity to self-renew and differentiate. Embryonic stem cells have pluripotent capacity, able to form tissues of all 3 germ layers but unable to form an entire live being. Research with embryonic stem cells has enabled investigators to make substantial gains in developmental biology, therapeutic tissue engineering, and reproductive… CONTINUE READING
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