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 possibility 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.
This resource also has this downloadable PDF poster