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BSL Biology Glossary - Cell replacement therapy

The replacement of cells damaged by disease or injury, with new healthy ones derived from stem cells. The ability of stem cells to self-renew and differentiate into particular cell types offers the potential to culture stem cells in the lab to become replacements. Where the original stem cells are derived from the patient, there is the potential to avoid immune rejection. Also referred to as cell transplantation therapy or stem cell therapy.