Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any cell type. Because of this, they can repair and/or replace diseased or damaged cells, organs and tissue.
Researchers at the Gates Center are using this technology to help grow new cells in patients with Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries and skin diseases. Additionally, they can be “conditionally immortalized” as blood cells. Immortalized Stem Cells are created from Adult Stem Cells.
They have the ability to divide indefinitely, thus providing an inexhaustible supply of cells. They can be frozen until needed. This will make bone marrow transplants available to more people, and can create individual bone marrow stem cell lines. They can also be used blood cancers and tumors. The long term goal is to create universal donor stem cell lines.
For more information on the Center's Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine program, please refer to the list of researchers below.