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Stem Cells Research, Development and Success Stories By Laurie Holmes and Jeff Freshour
What is a Stem Cell? <ul><li>Unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through division. </li></ul><ul><li>Upon d...
Why Are Stem Cells Important? <ul><li>Their regenerative properties have been found by some researchers to offer new poten...
Types of Stem Cells <ul><li>Adult Stem Cells – Adult stem cells can be isolated from a tissue sample obtained from an adul...
Potential Uses for Human Stem Cells <ul><li>The uses of stem cells, either embryonic or adult, have many applications for ...
Actual Uses of Stem Cell Therapy <ul><li>A recent article by Malcolm Ritter cited a case where researchers reported they h...
Rodney Schoenhardt <ul><li>Another success story is Rodney Schoenhardt of Louisiana.  He had already had surgery on both l...
Other Success Stories
Celebrity Endorsement <ul><li>stem cell  DVD.htm </li></ul>
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  1. 1. Stem Cells Research, Development and Success Stories By Laurie Holmes and Jeff Freshour
  2. 2. What is a Stem Cell? <ul><li>Unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through division. </li></ul><ul><li>Upon division, each new cell has potential to remain a stem cell or become a cell with a more specialized function. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be manipulated to become tissue or organ specific cells with special functions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Are Stem Cells Important? <ul><li>Their regenerative properties have been found by some researchers to offer new potentials for treating diseases such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diabetes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart Disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parkinson’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Sclerosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cancers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arthritis </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Types of Stem Cells <ul><li>Adult Stem Cells – Adult stem cells can be isolated from a tissue sample obtained from an adult </li></ul><ul><li>Embryonic Stem Cells – are stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of an early stage embryo known as a blastocyst. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike embryonic stem cells, the use of adult stem cells in research and therapy is not controversial because the production of adult stem cells does not require the destruction of an embryo </li></ul>
  5. 5. Potential Uses for Human Stem Cells <ul><li>The uses of stem cells, either embryonic or adult, have many applications for research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cellular level human development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New medication development such as anti-tumor drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perhaps the most important potential application of human stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Actual Uses of Stem Cell Therapy <ul><li>A recent article by Malcolm Ritter cited a case where researchers reported they had restored vision to people whose eyes were damaged from caustic chemicals. Stem cells from each patients healthy eye were grown and multiplied in the lab and transplanted into the damaged eye, where they grew into healthy corneal tissue. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Rodney Schoenhardt <ul><li>Another success story is Rodney Schoenhardt of Louisiana. He had already had surgery on both legs for critical limb eschemia and as he was facing amputation of his left leg he became wheelchair bound. Doctors injected 40 shots of stem cells into his left calf and soon his leg was pain free. Remarkably the 58 year old now mows his lawn. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Success Stories
  9. 9. Celebrity Endorsement <ul><li>stem cell DVD.htm </li></ul>
  10. 10. THANK YOU!
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