Regenerative medicine as the name suggests, is the branch of medicine which aims to heal by replacing tissues or organs that have been damaged with new ones. Regenerative medicine deals in molecular biology and tissue engineering. Simply put, replacing, engineering or regeneration of human cells, organs or tissues are regenerative processes. The most popular term amongst the masses for the branch is Stem Cell research and its applications.
The most common source of stem cells known commonly is the umbilical cord blood, accessible during child birth. The other three known accessible sources of adult stem cells are Bone marrow, Adipose tissues and Blood. All three require procedures to extract them and the stem cells within them. Stem cells have the potential to develop into various types of tissues found in the human body. This is what makes it so special to be used as a method of regenerative medicine. The ability to repair and replace damaged or old tissues and allow the body to heal itself.
With benefits as great as these, it is not surprising that there’s a rise in calls for boosting the research process for regenerative medicine. Especially in the UK where Ministers of Parliament (MPs) are calling for a new fast-track system to bring it within reach of common patient that may require it, as soon as possible. There are suggestions by the MPs that regenerative medicine should be an integral part of the NHSs (National Health Services) Personalized Medicine strategy.
Looking at the enormous potential in the field of regenerative medicine there are unanimous nods for continued investment in the same for its improvements and advancements. The NHS committee chairman Stephen Metcalfe has requested the governments assistance in forming an advanced therapy strategy that covers all aspects of regenerative medicine.