Ushering in the Era of Regenerative Medicine
Stem cell research and experimentation have been driving progress in the area of regenerative medicine for decades. Despite major advances in stem cell knowledge, current medical approaches rely on single drug or single molecule treatments, occasionally supported by removal or alteration of biological tissues by a surgeon’s scalpel.
There is irony in the term “modern” medicine, as the central focus in modern medicine has largely been to contain damage and to limit symptoms: “Diabetic? No problem, we can regulate your insulin.” Under our current framework for medicine, regeneration has not played a central role in treatment. Rather than welcome in regenerative treatments, fears of novel cell-based treatments have been perpetuated and an emphasis on drug-based treatments has been continued.