Derivation and Use of
Embryonic Stem Cell Lines

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The inner cell mass (the part that would form the fetus) of the embryo is isolated and disrupted to form embryonic cell lines. This process destroys the embryo. Under special culture conditions, the cells of the embryonic lines can be coaxed to form certain kinds of differentiated cell types. In theory, these differentiated cells could be used to repair or replace defective cells or tissues.
Last Modified July 6, 2004


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