n Medical Technology SA - Stem Cell Q and A - an introduction to stem cells and their role in scientific and medical research

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5528



Stem cells are currently a hot topic in scientific and medical research circles and are fast becoming a field of interest for South African researchers. Stem cells play important roles in normal physiological and disease processes; they also have great therapeutic potential. The study of stem cells, both internationally and in South Africa, is therefore of utmost importance. However, controversy surrounds stem cells in political, religious and ethical arenas. Although the use of certain stem cells and the means by which they are attained, do contravene certain basic ethical laws, researchers have developed methods with which to ethically obtain and create stem cell lines. These cell lines can be used to further investigate and understand the biological processes of stem cells.

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