Stem Cell Research
...cell can develop into a multicellular being. The pluripotency, or the ability of the former to divideinto generations of specialized cells that later perform different functions, is one of the defining characteristics of multicellular organisms. Interestingly, adult individuals retain some pluripotent cells, from which cells for replacement of damaged tissues can be derived. Thus, fibroblasts, muscles, red blood cells, or nerve cells can stem from a pluripotent stem cell upon initiation of specific physiologic conditions (National Institutes of Health, 2009). History of Stem Cell Research Because of their unique properties, much attention has been... ?It is quite remarkable how a single fertilized cell...