|Definition :||a cell that has no specialized function (unlike a nerve, muscle, brain, blood, fat... cell)|
Stem cells occur in the early stages of embryo development. |
Stem cells have the ability to turn into specialized cells (like a nerve, muscle, brain, blood, fat... cell)
One source of stem cells is the umbilical cord--the cord that attaches from a fetus to the placenta. These stem cells are being tested as a way to treat diseases like Parkinson's disease, which affects muscle control.
|Related Terms:||somatic cell|