Hi Im Ryan. Im a scientist here at this Lab. We study stem cells and how they can be used as Treatments
Somatic stem cells exist naturaly in the body and are used to heal and repair tissue. In this Lab, Our scientists try and isolate these cells in our patients so we can create more and more. These cells are programmed to turn into specific cells like blood cells.
In this lab, we study Embryonic stem cells. Embryonic Stem (ES) cells are cells formed during our embryonic development. These cells have the ability to become any type of cell allowing them to treat many diseases. The downsides is that the immune system will reject the foreign cell and an embryo has to die to obtain these cells
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are created in this lab by reprogramming the patients cells. These cells have the ability to become any cell in the body and since they are the patients cells still, the immune system will not reject them. They are inexpensive to make but the reprogramming can cause genetic mutations.