Stem cells can be modified to home in where they are needed!
“Researchers at the Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston modified the surface of human mesenchymal stem cells — a type of adult stem cell that’s a precursor of bone-forming osteoblast cells. This modification directed the stem cells through the bloodstream into bone, where they matured into new bone cells.”
“Without genetically reprogramming a stem cell, which could cause adverse effects, we were able to navigate the cell to a predetermined location — a necessary first step toward achieving tissue regeneration,” study lead author Dr. Robert Sackstein, a bone marrow transplant physician, said in a prepared statement.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.