Stem cells are different from the other cells in the body in several notable ways. They can divide and renew themselves many times, whereas other cells are more limited in their divisions. And when those stem cells divide, the new cells can become specialized if necessary. Stem cells have no assigned function in the body, but through the process of specialization, they can take on roles in any of the body's tissues. These types of cells can be derived from human embryos or from certain spots in the adult human body.
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