Stem cells have emerged as a major tool for research into the causes of ALS, and in the search for new treatments.
What are stem cells? Stem cells are cells that have the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and give rise to multiple specialized cell types. They can develop into blood, bone, brain, muscle, skin and other organs.
Stem cell transplantation is also being studied as a treatment, but it is not yet clear what their therapeutic potential is. The field of stem cell research in ALS is progressing rapidly, and The ALS Association is spearheading work on several critical fronts.