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Cells

The basic unit from which all living organisms are built up, consisting of a cell membrane surrounding cytoplasm and a nucleus.

Stem cells

Cells which can divide repeatedly without becoming differentiated and have the capacity to develop into a diverse range of specialised cell types.

What can stem cells do?

Stem cells exist naturally in the body to replace damaged cells and tissues.  Research into stem cells could allow:

- the development of a treatment that allows people paralysed because of spinal injuries to walk again

- the possiblility of growing replacement organs that are matched to the patient

- genetic disorders to be studied and new drugs to treat them tested

None of these are readily available yet - but trials are underway to investigate whether they are possible.

Click here to download the Stem Cell Research poster shown below.

stem cell research poster