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 stem cells (which won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012), scientist and doctors are 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.
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THE PERSONALIZED MEDICAL 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.