Adult stem cell
|Adult stem cell|
|First appearance||"Rebirth" (6ACV01)|
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Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells, found throughout the body after embryos/fetal development, that multiply by cell division to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues. Professor Farnsworth used adult stem cells in his birthing machine to ressurect the Planet Express crew, LaBarbara, Zapp, and Kif. [6ACV01]
Unlike embryonic stem cells, the use of adult stem cells in research and therapy is not considered to be controversial as they are derived from adult tissue samples rather than destroyed Human embryos/fetal. They have mainly been studied in Humans and model organisms such as mice and rats. However, this is a fact which Fry disagrees with, although this may be because he mistook the adult stem cells for fetal stem cells.
Professor Farnsworth: Come on, stem cells. Work your astounding scientific nonsense! [The dead bodies drop themselves in the birthing machine.]
Fry: Fetal steam cells? Aren't those controversial?
Professor Farnsworth: In your time, yes. But, nowadays, shut up! Besides, these are adult stem cells, harvested from perfectly healthy adults, whom I killed for their stem cells.