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Blood Adult Stem Cell: Major Pathologies

Before the turn of the 17th century, regeneration of human cells was considered a myth, a legend sired from Greek mythology of the titan Prometheus. The Greek god Zeus punished Prometheus by chaining him to a rock while an eagle ate at his liver every day, only to have it regenerate due to his immortality.

In the late 1800s the term, stem cell appeared in the scientific literature of the notable biologist Ernst Haeckel, but it wasn’t until the Russian-American scientist Alexander A. Maximow that the theory of hematopoietic cells came forward. The theory stated all blood cells have a single precursor cell, and hence are multipotent with the ability to further differentiate.

Blood cells, one of the most relentless cells of the adult human body, have ...

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