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.

Want to learn more about organ-specific research? Read snippets below and click the pictures for more information.
 

Scientists at the University of South Carolina have generated and purified liver cells from human stem cells 

Scientists at the University of South Carolina have generated and purified liver cells from human stem cells 

Scientists at Columbia University have been able to successfully generate lung and airway epithelial cells from human stem cells

Scientists at Columbia University have been able to successfully generate lung and airway epithelial cells from human stem cells

Australia-based International Stem Cell Corporation has launched a Phase 1 study for stem cell-based treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Australia-based International Stem Cell Corporation has launched a Phase 1 study for stem cell-based treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Scientists at the University of Washington have used human stem cells to regenerate a monkey heart - these cells are in human clinical trials in Paris

Scientists at the University of Washington have used human stem cells to regenerate a monkey heart - these cells are in human clinical trials in Paris

San Diego-based Viacyte has launched a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for Type-1 diabetes using human stem cell-derived pancreatic β-islet cells

San Diego-based Viacyte has launched a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for Type-1 diabetes using human stem cell-derived pancreatic β-islet cells

The scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital have also successfully engineered 3D gastric organoids using human stem cells

The scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital have also successfully engineered 3D gastric organoids using human stem cells

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital have successfully engineered intestinal tissues with a functional nervous system using human stem cells

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital have successfully engineered intestinal tissues with a functional nervous system using human stem cells

Scientists at the Australia-based Murdoch Childrens Research Institute have engineered kidney organoids using human stem cellss

Scientists at the Australia-based Murdoch Childrens Research Institute have engineered kidney organoids using human stem cellss

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.