Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil is predicting incredible advances in biomedicine, regenerative medicine, and gene therapies in the upcoming years.
Many of these technologies have already passed the 'proof of concept' stage and will become mainstream and thus readily available to the public within the next 10 to 15 years.
At the top of his list is the use of one's own (autologous) stem cells not just to treat illnesses and reverse degeneration, but to actually grow human organs for specific individuals using their own stem cells. This innovation will eliminate donor dependency and the many lives lost each year when families are unable to obtain donor matches.
Over 25 years ago, Kurzweil predicted the emergence of the worldwide web of communications we have today. His perspective on the future of medicine is expected to hold the same promise for the coming years.
Accessing and perserving one's own stem cells for these emerging therapies is now as simple as going to the dentist. This is because one of the most concentrated and readily available sources of stem cells are found in the dental pulp of teeth. When a baby tooth is shed or a healthy adult tooth, such as wisdom teeth, are extracted, these teeth can be cryopreserved for use in future medical treatments.
The era of regenerative medicine is now.
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