Stem cells are powerful tools of discovery for researchers studying how diseases impact the human body. While there are currently only a small number of approved stem cell-based treatments, many more are in development. In the meantime, we urge patients considering stem cell treatments to beware of so-called clinics offering unapproved therapies.
You can read more about stem cells and the truth about stem cell treatments in the following articles.
About Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Induced pluripotent stem cell technology is a powerful tool that scientists at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine use to study a wide range of diseases. To understand the usefulness of induced pluripotent stem cells, it helps to know a few basic facts about stem cells and the role they play in research. Read more here.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
For many centuries, we have looked to medicine to heal us when we are sick or injured. Major breakthroughs, like vaccines and antibiotics, have improved quality of life, and, in some cases, led to the effective eradication of infectious diseases. One key to changing that may be regenerative medicine. Read more here.
How does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells will soon change the way many diseases are treated. However, predatory businesses across the country are misusing the term stem cells to market unapproved, unproven, and unsafe procedures that are often expensive and largely ineffective. It’s important to understand what stem cell therapy really means. Read more here.
How do Scientists Reprogram Cells?
Using induced pluripotent stem cell technology, scientists can change the identity of a cell type, even turning a hair or skin cell into a neuron. This gives researchers a way to harness the power of stem cells without relying on embryonic tissue. This article explains how cells are returned to a stem cell-like state, then given a new identity. Read more here.