Embryonic stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells can be propagated indefinitely while retaining undifferentiated pleuripotency.

Derived from the inner mass of a developing embryo in the blastocyst stage.

Has the greatest potential for organ regeneration and is the prototypical stem cell.

Have the potential of replacing disease or damaged tissue in disorders including diabetes, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

Express transplant antigens such as ABO blood groups and human leukocyte antigens (HLAs).

Because of the presence of transplant antigens, prevention of graft rejection will be needed when such cells are used.

Pleuripotential proliferation can present a risk of developing teratoma.

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