The Dawning of Stem Cells in Precision Medicine.
Stem cell research has been around since the 1860’s . Fast forward a hundred years to the 1960’s with the advent of the bone marrow transplant by Dr. Edward “Don” Thomas, winner of the 1990 Nobel prize for cell and organ transplantation, that it became controversial in our society . Ten years later after Dr. Thomas won the Nobel, President George W. Bush introduced a ban outlawing
embryonic stem cell (ESC) research on newly acquired lines . Stem cells particularly ESCs became one of the most debated topics of the modern era. What are these special cells and why the debate? Stem cells are either advertised as the “cure all,” modern biomedical marvel or as off-limits scientific taboo in the neighborhoods of cloning, evolution and global warming.