At the top left corner of the page, click on “Stem Cells” then once you are back at the homepage, please click on the “Stem Cell Quick Reference” section. Please read about the 3 types of cells (not about therapeutic cloning) and then answer the following questions. Each type of cell will only be used once as an answer for the following 3 questions. What type of cell can be reprogrammed in a laboratory to become almost any cell in the body?
What type of cell can be taken out of a very early embryo (called a blastocyte) and have the potential to become any cell in the body?
Intestinal Cell Niche: What are the cells inside the intestine that look like tiny finger-like projections called? What are their function? ______________________________________________________________________
Summarize how stem cells are used to make new villi? _____________________________________
Blood Cell Niche: What is the stem cell niche responsible for making blood cells? _____________________________
What is hemoglobin? ____________________________________________________________
What is the main function of the red blood cell? _______________________________________
Circulation takes its toll on hard-working red blood cells and usually become damaged over time. About how long do red blood cells survive in your body? ____________________________________________
Why do you think the Red Blood Cell’s organelles are lost? To make room for all of the hemoglobin.
Blood is made up of many different cell types that do a variety of jobs. What 3 types of cells make up the blood & what are their functions? ___________________________________________________
As you learned from the information above, there are many different types and portential uses for stem cells. Pick a type of stem cell or application that interests you. Research and gather information about that topic.