#33 – Tissue regeneration, stem cells, regenerative medicine
The ability of tissues to repair themselves is influenced by their capacity to regenerate the missing tissue and their ability that is inherent for them to divide and undergo mitosis. In most continuously dividing tissues the mature cells are terminally differentiated and short-lived. As mature cells die the tissue is replenished by the differentiation of cells generated from stem cells. Thus, in these tissues there is a homeostatic equilibrium between the replication and differentiation of stem cells and the death of the mature, fully differentiated cells. Regenerative medicine is the “process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”.
By: Kevin Mangum
Recommendation and review posted by Guinevere Smith