Not all stem cells are the same.
In short, a stem cell's ability to turn into other organs is called its "potency". Only pluripotent stem cells can turn into every organ in the body - all other stem cells, such as those in your marrow, can only turn into a limited number of cell types. That's why we focus on pluripotent stem cells: we believe the future of medicine isn't an incremental improvement in patient care, but huge advances in regeneration using pluripotent stem cells.
The ability to engineer and regenerate our own tissues has long been a dream, but with the advancement of stem cell technology, such as the development of new pluripotent stem cells (which won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012), scientist and doctors are now using stem cells to engineer nearly every tissue and organ in the human body.
Want to learn more about stem cells and the different types? Our cofounder, Alex, wrote a blog post here.
Stem cells are being used to regrow organs.
The personalized medicine revolution is coming.
Today, there are over 800 active clinical trials investigating the use of patients' own cells to treat their conditions and diseases. With stem cell technology alone, major disease like heart disease, diabetes, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries are moving into the clinic. Advancements in gene-editing technologies like CRISPR are also moving forward with trials.
Your own cells: the future of health and wellness.
Beyond therapy, your cells can also be used to model diseases or even screen drugs for efficacy and safety outside your body. However, as we age, so do our cells: time, our environment, and even daily living causes damage and mutations to our cells, which could make them less effective or safe for future use. This damage begins to accumulate during middle age, but by collecting and preserving your cells today, you can halt the aging process and access your younger cells in the future.