Definitions for "Adult stem cells"
Stem cells that are harvested from mature human tissue.
Stem cells found among differentiated cells in a tissue or organ.
Also called non-embryonic stem cells - any kind of stem cell that has been taken from an adult source. Adult stem cell sources include bone marrow cells, umbilical cord blood cells and peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC). Adult/non-embryonic stem cells are completely without controversy because they are taken from post-birth individual donors who are unharmed by the harvesting process. No embryos or unborn are involved in their collection or transplantation. Meanwhile, adult stem cells offer a gift of life to patients with leukemia, other cancers, anemia and a host of other serious illnesses.