What’s common between a neuron in your body, your hair, and your favourite piece of meat? The fact that all of them can be artificially grown from tiny stem cells.
These lab experiments aren’t just for fun though. Stem cell therapy, or treatment of medical conditions using stem cells, is a growing area in the medical field. So much so that the government wants to list stem cells as drugs, in order to regulate their use in therapy.
But what exactly is stem cell therapy? Where can it help? What are its benefits? Who can get it? Here’s a low-down on the latest buzzword in town.