12 years ago, Dr. Anthony Atala, a leading stem cell specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, created a lab-grown bladder from a patient’s own stem cells. The procedure involved obtaining a sample from the patient’s bladder, and culturing the stem cells to grow into a full-sized, functional bladder. 12 years following the procedure, the patient is thriving and has experienced no long-term adverse effects from the regenerated bladder. Since then, the differentiation protocols utilized to grow the bladder have been successfully adapted to grow other functioning tissues like skin, cartilage and urethras, which is indicative of the paradigm shift stem cells represent in treating organ deficiencies.
This procedure represents how stem cells can be used in life-saving organ replacements using the patient’s own (autologous) cells, which pose no risk of rejection, as well as how stem cells are helping bridge the gap for thousands of patients who may need organ and tissue donation. Researchers like Dr. Atala are helping shape the future of medicine with groundbreaking stem cell therapies that are demonstrating long-term success.
Dr. Atala’s innovative research at Boston Children’s Hospital demonstrates the integral role stem cells are playing in cutting edge medical care options. By banking their own valuable stem cells, families can ensure that they will have access to these emerging therapies in the near future. To learn more about banking stem cells, please visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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