He wins again! Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan and KING of the induced pluripotent stem cell, a technique which allows you to take adult stem cells and turn them back to an embryonic state.
While not able to go to human trials yet and not without safety hurdles to overcome (i.e. tumor formation and retroviruses)
Yamanaka trumpets its vast potential for conditions such as diabetes, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and even, he chuckles, baldness. “This enormous and striking finding provides a clear framework for regenerative medicine and cell therapy,” says Shinichi Nishikawa, director of the Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology at Japan’s RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology.”
- 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.