Embryonic stem cells

Unspecialised cells from the embryo that have the potential to mature and develop into a wide variety of specialised cell types. They are obtained from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilised by sperm in the laboratory (in vitro fertilisation – IVF) and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. They have the ablility to multiply in number indefinitely when grown in the laboratory which makes them a useful tool for research.

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