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Stem cells and regenerative medicine 

Stem cells and regenerative medicine

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Stem cells and regenerative medicine
Author(s):

Alexis J. Joannides

, Roger Pedersen

, and Siddharthan Chandran

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0408
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date: 27 May 2017

There is a great and unmet need for treatments that will deliver restorative solutions to patients with diseases hitherto considered irreparable. The twin properties of self-renewal and specialization common to stem cells offer unprecedented opportunities for regenerative medicine through the generation of unlimited numbers of defined human cells on the scale necessary for experimental study, drug discovery, and disease modelling. The field is fast developing, with the first wave of putative treatments necessarily drawn from autologous and adult stem cells, but the outstanding question remains whether these will lead to meaningful regenerative therapies....

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