Stem Cell Research; Med/Dental Applications: 2 units

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Reviews the fundamentals of stem cell activity in human development and cellular repair. Current status of research in major lines of investigation; both medical and dental.  Potential of stem cells for treating human degenerative conditions.  Stem cell therapies currently utilized and those proposed.  Specific dental breakthroughs utilizing stem cells for the treatment of dental disease and craniofacial developmental defects. The ethical issues involved in fetal tissue procurement for research.