Uses of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)

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Uses of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)

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Running head: Uses of iPSCs1Uses of iPSCsInsert Name HereUniversity Affiliations2Uses of iPSCsUses of Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)IntroductionInduced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are genetically reprogrammed adult cells to anembryonic cell-like state by applying force that expresses genes and factors that help in ensuringthat the properties of embryonic cells are maintained. Clinically, it has not been determinedabout the real differences between these cells and the embryonic stem cells. Both human andmouse iPSCs have been reported (AJ, Adams, Anderson, Kitchen , & Hughes, 2008). It has beenfound that the mouse iPSCs have similar characteristics of pluripotent stem cells such asformation of tumors, its contribution to many tissues as well as expressing stem cell markers.This is true to human iPSCs as well since the cells generated shows the properties found in allthe three germ layers (A, Olmer, & Schwanke , 2009).The iPSCs have been found to be very useful in the medicine field as they can be verysignificant tools in the development of drugs and diseases modeling. They have been thought tobe used in the transplantation medicine in the future as research in the area is still underway. Inorder to introduce the reprograming factors in the adult cells, viruses are used as the only tool(Goldthwaite, 2011). However, the process need thorough testing before the actual execution asit is thought to be very vital especially in the treatmen

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