Stem Cell Therapies Are Nearly Ready for Humans

TREND # 3 Over the past 150 years, no aspect of life has changed more than healthcare. The array of diagnostic tools, preventive measures, and cost-effective therapies available to humans in the developed world boggles the mind. Using the World Economic Forum’s timeline, we know that the second industrial revolution gave birth to antibiotics, vaccines, x-rays, modern surgery, and the large-scale pharmaceutical industry. The third industrial revolution brought us genetic engineering, NMRs, CAT scans, PET scans, widespread organ transplants, and the Human Genome Project. Now, the fourth industrial revolution promises to bring forth a whole array of new bio-medical technologies, including personalized medicine, gene therapies, and stem cell therapies. Since their discovery in 1998, stem cells have dominated the headlines...

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