Regenerating Body Parts: How We Can Transform Fat Cells into Stem Cells to Repair Spinal Disc Injuries

April 5, 2016

(The Conversation) – We often hear about the next big thing in stem cell therapy, though few of these promises eventuate or are backed up by evidence. Well, we think we’re close to a genuine breakthrough in stem cell therapy, based on new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. We have developed a stem cell technique capable of regenerating any human tissue damaged by injury, disease or ageing. The new technique, which reprograms bone and fat cells into induced multipotent stem cells (iMS), has successfully repaired bones and muscles in mice. Human trials are set to begin next year.