It’s all stem cells, all the time here at the Seattle Stem Cell Center. We know this science may be new for our readership, but we’ve been studying and refining the process for years! That’s one of the reasons why we are a part of the national clinical trial for stem cell therapy. A part of being at the forefront of stem cell clinical trials and work, we want to be the vanguard of knowledge on the web, answering the burnings questions people have about stem cells, whether you’re seeking treatment or not. In today’s blog, we are going to look at the uses of stem cells.
Uses of Stem Cells – Big Picture and In Our Facility
From 10,000 ft. up, stem cell uses can be categorized neatly into two main uses, for healing and for research. Those are both pretty big umbrellas for things to sit under so let’s look closer at what that means.
Grow & Heal
The whole nature of stem cells are as a specialized cell able to differentiate themselves into other cells as necessary, and then replicate as them. You might think of them as a skeleton key, able to change into whatever key the lock requires. Stem cells can be used in laboratories to grow new cells to help replace tissues or organs that may be damaged.
They can also be injected directly into an injured area or tissue, promoting faster recovery as the tissue becomes flush with new, healthy cells, not just old ones repairing themselves. Stem cells can also be to fight back not an injury but a disease.
Another huge use for stem cells, though not our own, is research. Stem cells can transform and take on the properties of a wide range of cells and tissue, which makes them perfect for the testing of new drugs effectiveness and safety. A drug that is being designed to affect heart disease or what have you could be applied to stem cells grown into heart tissue to see the results.
This makes for a safe alternative to live human testing, or even testing on animals. With stem cells, researchers can create the exact kind of tissue they need, not ‘the next best thing.’
Recent History of Stem Cell Research
Of course, stem cell research has a convoluted history of restrictions, concerns, and lobbying for and against it.
In 2001 then President Bush approved legislation that would provide some federal funding but came with stipulations on research, restricting the ability for researchers to access them. It was a bit of a double-edged sword but research was getting funded!
Then in 2009, President Barack Obama released Executive Order 13505 (you can read the pdf here). In short, the order removed the previous restrictions on federal funding. This opened up the path for much more research to be conducted and still receive federal funding.
We mention all of this just to help make it clear, stem cell research isn’t the work of some mad scientist in an underground lair. Don’t get us wrong, some of us researchers and doctors are certainly eccentric, but we research in ethical, rigorous ways.
Here at Seattle Stem Cell Center use stem cells for the healing properties, utilizing our patients own autologous stem cells found in adipose tissue to give them the boost in recovery and relief from conditions they never knew was possible!
If you are suffering from Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, COPD, a stroke, or a traumatic brain injury, stem cell therapies could change your life! Book your consultation with Seattle Stem Cell Center today!