The Stem Cell Revolution
When you cut off an appendage or arm from a starfish, it grows back. Similarly, scientists are taking cells from the body and regenerating damaged tissue to create healthy tissue.
The STEM Revolution is here. Embryonic stem cells are no longer being used, but instead skin cells can be regenerated into mature cells in any of our body’s tissues and organs — known as pluripotency.
Patrick Gaines, former Executive Director of the University of Colorado’s Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, spoke on how the current research and non-embryonic stem cells and regenerative medicine are changing the game for the treatment and prevention of human disease and injury.
On Monday, October 5, students learned about the stem Cell Revolution — which began in 2006 — where researchers discovered molecular pathways allowing for the regeneration of adult cells. The discovery was revolutionary for today’s wound care therapies and treatment and macular degeneration and other debilitating health conditions.
“It’s here,” says Patrick about the stem Cell Revolution and the breakthroughs being made. “We now know we can generate pluripotent stem cells from our own bodies, which is leading us away from a general to an individualized solution to our health problems.”
Students will have more opportunities this semester to learn from professionals in the field on topics and disciplines that may interest them. Visit the STEM Facebook Page for upcoming speakers and events.