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Other than fetal cells, what are human sources of stem cells?

Many types of cells have been found that can be used as stem cell sources, but according to some researchers, these cells may not be as useful as embryonic stem cells. The following lists the possibilities:

Cell Source

Possible Use


Neurodegenerative diseases; spinal cord injury

Hair and skin

Burn healing

Breast (from cosmetic surgery)

Breast duct regeneration

Fatty tissue (liposuction leftovers)

Cartilage, bone, fat

Bone marrow

Almost any tissue; embryonic healing capacity


Diabetes treatment


Healing following myocardial infarction

Baby teeth (with associated tissue)

Can be used similarly to bone marrow


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