- a having the ability to give rise to unlike cells
embryonic stem cells are totipotent
- One theory is that their bodies contain undifferentiated, "totipotent" cells capable of growing into any organ under some unexplained architectural guidance.
- Scientists have long known from animal studies that cells in these pre-embryos are totipotent (that is, capable of taking any subsequent form, from skin to bone marrow) and more or .
- Julian Savulescu in Cosmos
I cannot see any intrinsic, morally significant difference between a mature skin cell, the totipotent stem cell derived from it, and a fertilised egg,argues Savulescu. "They are all cells which could give rise to a person if certain...