Stem cells have near-limitless abilities. They divide, reproduce, and build on each other to repair and regenerate tissue. Stem cells are most interesting for their ability to renew themselves and to differentiate into specific cells. Every single time a stem cell divides it can become a different stem cell. These are just some of the reasons stem cells have become so popular in the research and medical world. Human stem cells are currently being used to test new drugs and find new treatments for a range of diseases, including Parkinson’s, ischemic strokes, metabolic liver diseases, retinal blindness, corneal blindness, and many more.
Thanks to the nature of stem cells, they are often used in cosmetics. This is due to the fact that stem cell extracts can lead to renewal, regeneration, and repair of the skin. In actual fact, cosmetics do not have stem cells in them. Rather they are actually made using extracts from where the stem cells were grown. These extracts are used as a supplement to help grow and naturally repair the skin.
When stem cells first started getting used for medical and cosmetic purposes, they were embryonic stem cells. These stem cells have the ability to reproduce at an exceptional rate, but they require many growth factors, such as nutrients, vitamins, salt, and oxygen. In addition, these first pluripotent eggs were taken from donated human embryos, otherwise known as ESC. Due to the fact that creating ESC involved destroying a human embryo, there have been moral issues associated with their fabrication.
International Stem Cell Corp. (OTCQB: ISCO) has pioneered a new type of pluripotent stem cells from unfertilized eggs. These new cells are known as human parthenogenetic stem cells (hPSC). ISCO’s new cells have not only cut out all the ethical issues associated with embryonic cells, they also retain many of the factors that make them important within the medical and cosmetic industries. ISCO’s subsidiary, Lifeline Skin Care, Inc., is a cosmeceutical business that develops, manufactures, and markets stem cell derived cosmetics. Lifeline Skin Care uses human stem cell extracts and non-embryonic cells. The company uses small molecule technology to help smooth, repair, and restore the skin to give all the benefits that most people buying cosmetics are looking for.
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