Stem cells: limitations and opportunities in Peru


  • José Amiel-Pérez Laboratorio de Cultivos Celulares, Universidad Cientifica del Sur. Lima, Peru.
  • Fanny Casado Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, McMaster University. Hamilton, Canada.



Stem cells, Regenerative medicine, Tissue engineering


Stem cells are defined as rare cells that are characterized by asymmetric division, a process known as self-renewal, and the potential to differentiate into more than one type of terminally differentiated cell. There is a diversity of stem cells including embryonic stem cells, which exist only during the first stages of human development, and many adult stem cells depending on the specific tissues from where they derive or the ones derived from mesenchymal or stromal tissues. On the other hand, there are induced pluripotent stem cells generated by genetic engineering with similar properties to embryonic stem cells that are derived from adult tissues without the ethical and legal limitations. In all cases, there are many questions that are being addressed by research in basic sciences to better inform clinical practice. In Peru, there is much to do refining techniques and improving methodologies, which requires experience, proper facilities and highly specialized human resources. However, there are interesting efforts to place Peruvian stem cell research in the international scientific arena.


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Amiel-Pérez J, Casado F. Stem cells: limitations and opportunities in Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2015 Dec. 6 [cited 2024 Apr. 23];32(4):777-86. Available from: