With the tsunami of research on pluripotent stem cells induced by a 2012 Nobel Prize, in the past several years, adult tissue stem cells experienced a major loss of interest and research effort. Yet, the greatest progress in stem cell medicine is still due to, in some cases well-known and in other cases not so well known, uses of these natural stem cells.
5 ways adult stem cells are being used in medicine
1. As blood stem cell transplants to support cancer chemotherapy
2. To restore injured corneas
3. In gene-therapy trials to treat inherited blood disorders (anemias and thalassemias)
4. In clinical trials to improve recovery from strokes and heart attacks