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What if Stem Cells were Mainstream?

Posted by Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES on 9 February 2017
What if Stem Cells were Mainstream?

When it comes to stem cells, stem cell research, or stem cell technology, they're about as popular & mainstream as the frullet (you know, the mullet's arch nemesis).

Over the past few weeks, we've examined an abundance of fascinating stem cell breakthroughs that should get more attention in the media & public spheres. Unfortunately, due to the ever-present controversy that surrounds stem cells and its sciences, it'll never get the same limelight as the size of Jay-Z's family, or who The Governator will terminate off the next Apprentice.

For example, when Donald Trump became the next POTUS, it presented a potential wave of changes for the stem cell community & its researchers but all we heard about was that dumb wall. In early December, the 21st Century Cures Act radically shifted the stem cell research field with an injection of financial support though few are aware, or concerned with, what's now seen as deregulation in sheep's clothing.

Even stem cell research with the intent to help real human complications in this case, create a solution for the dearth of compatible organs for transplant was shrugged off as unethical, uncommon, and unnatural.

At it's core, stem cell technology is no different than other progressive, explorative sciences. While these treatments are new and people do fear change there's no denying they present a viable pathway to resolving some of nature's greatest mysteries, particularly 'incurable' disease, and tissue regeneration.

But what if stem cells were accepted by the masses, and were as common as taking Buckley's for colds, or using casts for broken bones? We have a little fun with stem cells, and how they might fit into today's mainstream medias.

Stem Cell Illustrated

For the masses that prefer science over sport, Stem Cell Illustrated would be the answer to popular publications like, uh, Sports Illustrated.

We could see the periodical featuring the latest stem cell trends stem cell training, stem cell equipment, stem cell interviews (just go with it), and the gossip and trade rumours from the Stem Cell League (what sport this is, is anyone's guess).

Just remember to leave the Stem Cell Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition at home. Those skimpy photos of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) changing into tissue-specific cells while laying it all out in a petri dish will be frowned upon at your job.

iStem

(Available through iPhone; proprietary Apple cable not included)

Apple always seems to develop cool topical apps, and the iStem is their homage to stem cell research.

The iStem could serve an array of purposes for a stem cell-filled person. Tissue-specific stem cells, for example, are extremely difficult to locate in the human body. They don't self-renew as readily as embryonic stem cells do, though they are coveted in research: scientists adore them for their insights on development, changes in aging, and what happens during injury and disease.

The iStem could locate & count these tissue-specific stem cells, or adult stem cells, which can be used to replace cells from tissue lost in everyday activity, or as a small donation in the name of new science.

Law and Order: SCU (Stem Cell Unit)

Law and Order has multiple spin-offs from the original show, so creator Dick Wolf will capitalize on stem cells' newfound standing with a stem cell-focused crime series.

Crimes would be solved through different stem cell techniques, or people could be rescued & helped with stem cell therapy, like innovative injection therapies or regenerative medicines.

Criminals could employ the power of stem cells too maybe someone commits a crime, leaving stem cell traces behind. To throw authorities for a loop, the criminal could extract embryonic stem cells, differentiate them under special laboratory settings, using the cells' self-renewing properties to cover their tracks.

Split

(This one's about stem cells though)

Split is an unsettling account about a man with 23 split personalities suffering from severe dissociative identity disorder. Creepy stuff.

In a new stem-cell twisted tale, the story would follow a troubled embryonic stem cell and his existential approach to his ability to differentiate into any cell.

With so many options at his disposal for the future should he become a muscle cell? A bone cell? A nerve cell? he ends up multiplying through division countless times, resulting in

Well, you'll just have to see the completely make-believe film for yourself.


Stem cell science may have no business in today's mainstream, but they hold a special place in our RegenerVate clinics. We use stem cell techniques for our injection therapies, like PRP injections, & regenerative medicines!

From tendon, muscle, and meniscal tears, to arthritis and other ailments, our treatments utilize your body's own natural healing ability to expedite the recovery process. Call us today at 1-855-847-3975 to schedule an appointment, or drop by one of our RegenerVate locations!

Author: Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES
About: Dr. Stoddard is a sport medicine and injection physician in Toronto and is the Medical Director of RegenerVate. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sport Medicine. His injection training, including ultrasound, PRP and Prolotherapy, was primarily done in the USA. He is a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), is married and a proud father of two boys. He is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.
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