The study of embryonic stems cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) plays a crucial role in understanding human development and pathology. These cells are the focus of intense research because of their potential to be used in basic research, disease modeling, drug screening, and patient-specific cellular therapies. iPSC cell lines are being generated from patients with diseases ranging from autism to diabetes to macular degeneration. In addition to the promising investigative therapies, ESCs and iPSCs are also being used to test the effects of drugs on specialized cells and to produce antitumor drugs. The promising and abundant possibilities for therapies reveal the importance of ESC and iPSC banking.

Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of ...

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