June 11Are adult stem cells as good as embryonic stem cells in treatment?
Embryonic stem cells and adult or tissue-specific stem cells have very different characteristics. Not every stem cell will be able to do everything. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell type in the body, which makes them especially interesting to stem cell researchers, but they need to be directed into a more mature cell type to be a useful treatment. Tissue-specific stem cells are already specialized and generally can only become a limited number of cells types. It is important to study both embryonic and tissue-specific stem cells to determine which cell types will be best suited to treat which diseases.