Pluripotent Stem Cells

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC’s) are cells that have been induced through genetic manipulation to behave identically to embryonic stem cells. Because these cells are not derived from embryos, the ethical issues are eliminated. Nevertheless, these cells are just as difficult to control as embryonic stem cells, forming tumors when not in the strictest of laboratory conditions. These cells are not used in the clinical setting for these reasons.