#511 Show Summary (Ahmed Abdel-Latif show):
There are two types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells that come from embryos and can become any type of cell in the body, and adult stem cells that are designed to replenish one particular type of cells. Dr. Abdeul-Latif works with adult stem cells to restore damaged heart muscle after a heart attack. He explains his current experiments, and explains stem cells, in this show.
Tip: there are many ethical issues regarding the use of embryonic stem cells, which are taken from embryos that are not used in fertilization clinics. Adult stem cells are taken from the patient’s own system, and are not as controversial.