What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the building blocks of life; they are essential to every living organism. They can self-renew and replicate—with the ability to form any kind of tissue or organ in the body. Adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity. This is key to their function as a regenerative medicine.
Adult stem cells can be utilized in any organ in the body since stem cells are able to mimic any differentiated cell. Since they are capable of self-renewing indefinitely, they can divide many times and can specializeto promote the healing of organs, such as lungs, while still sustaining the original cell.
While there are many options for the type of stem cell used in the science, the Lung Institute only treats with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells are directly coming from a patient’s own body and are later infused back into the same patient. This decreases the possibility of rejection and eliminates any possible controversy associated with stem cells. Through regenerative medicine, stem cells replicate continuously, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier and live better.