• Stem Cells

  • Induced Pluripotent

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells)

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are pluripotent stem cells that are artificially derived from non-pluripotent cells such as adult stem cells. iPS cells were first produced from human cells in 2007. Induced pluripotent stem cells, like embryonic stem cells, have the ability to differentiate into around 220 cell types in the human body. Moreover, they avoid the issue of immune rejection because unlike embryonic stem cells, they are derived entirely from the patient himself. Still, scientists have only just begun to work with iPS cells. Research shows promise, but iPS cells have not yet proven safe for human treatment.