Imagine a world where a new liver or kidney can be grown from your own stemcells in a Petri dish and then transplanted into your body. A knee injury, a burn or a damaged heart can be fixed with a patch that regroups with surrounding tissues and repairs itself.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s would become a thing of the past, as fresh stem cells work diligently to make new connections in the brain. Imagine a world where stem cells can be implanted into spinal cords or eyes to restore full functioning in the disabled. This world is not so distant, given recent advances. There are a number of places where you can research stem cell treatments.
One place to do some research on stem cells is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Despite former President Bush’s ban on federal stem cell research funding, the rogue Californians approved a 2004 ballot initiative (Proposition 71) that set aside state funds for just that purpose.
As a result, $3 billion was appropriated to California research facilities, making the state an epicenter of stem cell news. On their site, you might like to read their comprehensive annual report, which reads much more like a magazine than a lofty scientific publication. You can read about awards, its therapy treatments, studies and stem cell research facilities at Cirm web site.
Another great place to research stem cells is Medical News Today (at Medicalnewstoday). Here you’ll read the latest articles on this topic news adapted from press releases, reports, newspaper articles and medical journals. You can sign up for daily or weekly newsletters to keep you abreast of all trials, treatments and research being conducted. You can watch a YouTube video titled “Everything You Wanted To Know About Stem Cells.” You can learn all about “What Are Stem Cells,” in addition to looking up current news on this comprehensive site.
With the new allocation of federal stem cell research funding, a number of facilities across the country will be receiving money to research stem cell therapies. For instance, the University of Buffalo will receive $4.9 million for human stem cell research. The University of California at Irvine will receive $27.2 million to build a new research facility and the University of San Diego will get $2.8 million to improve their current facilities. It may take another 10 years to produce a widely recommended cure, but research has been promising.