Ever thought of the potential for stem cells to be used for making leather or clothes? Maybe not the first application that comes to mind when the focus of most stem cell research is human medicine. Future casting by young people, though, gives rise to imaginative and curious questions. Such questions have provided a wealth of discussion and wonderment during two science engagement projects aimed at young people: Regenerate! In Scotland and a stem cell revolutions film tour in Australia.
Medical Research Council press release
Scientists have for the first time grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory. The advance could in future aid the development of ‘lab-grown’ replacement organs.
Yoshiki Sasai was a visionary scientist who pioneered research at the interface between developmental biology and stem cell biology, contributing major discoveries to both fields and sowing the seeds for applications in regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies hold much promise for the treatment of various injuries and diseases suffered by sportspeople. While there are currently no approved stem cell treatments, researchers are working on harnessing the process by which stem cells repair and replace damaged tissues and cells.