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    New Stem Cell Class Discovered

    Variousmag
    Monday, July 8, 2019 Last Updated 2020-02-23T19:11:09Z
    There are few scientific topics that generate more controversy than stem cell research. This is usually the result of using embryonic stem cells.

    Many question the ethical implications involved, but we should also remember that new and improved methods for harvesting and even creating stem cells are constantly being researched.

    Furthermore, here are just a few of the medical conditions that stem cells could be useful in treating: cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, ALS, brain tumors, infertility, heart disease, lung damage, multiple sclerosis, and the list goes on.

    Of course, all of that controversy would likely go away if we could just stop using embryonic stem cells—which is why it briefly appeared as if 2014 would be the year that changed everything.

    It looked like a major breakthrough had taken place when a new process called “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency” (STAP) was announced.

    It was supposed to be a revolutionary new way of creating stem cells by bathing blood cells in a low pH acid bath for 30 minutes.

    Unfortunately, it later turned out that the results were fraudulent.But just when it looked like 2014 would be a black eye for stem cell research, a group of scientists from Canada discovered a new class of stem cells, dubbed F-class for their fuzzy appearance.

    The discovery is very recent and its full ramifications are not yet clear, but it is expected that the new type of stem cells will prove safer and more efficient for medical use.

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