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Stem cells – what is the evidence?

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Stem cells – what is the evidence?

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Published 26 February 2024 | updated 15 May 2024


Stem cells are cells that can develop into different types of tissue. They occur naturally in the early embryo, but recent advances in science and technology that have enabled the reprogramming of somatic cells to take on stem cell like properties have opened many opportunities for research and clinical practice.

It is hoped that stem cells will enable regenerative medicine where cells can be reprogrammed to repair and replace damaged tissues and reverse disease and restore normal function. However, research in this area is at an early stage in both human and veterinary medicine.

This is a rapidly developing area and with licensed stem cell products now becoming available in veterinary medicine it is important to understand the different types of stem cells and current state of evidence.

The aim of this Spotlight feature is to provide links to appropriate evidence and resources to enable you to understand and critically evaluate the claims being made about current and future uses of stem cells in veterinary medicine.

  1. Background information
  2. Stem cells in veterinary medicine
    • Induced pluripotent stem cells
    • Livestock
    • Mesenchymal stem cells
    • Adipose derived stem cells
  3. Regenerative medicine
  4. Currently licensed products in the UK
    • Arte Cell
    • RenuTend
    • HorStem
    • Dogstem

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