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Stem cell pharmacies 'in 20 years' time'

Published on 14/07/2010
In as little as 20 years' time, 'pharmacies' that dispense stem cell therapies could be as common as chemist shops, it has been predicted.

According to Professor David Warburton, one of the world's leading experts on stem cells and regenerative medicine, stem cells could be used to treat a wide range of conditions in the future, the Press Association reports.

"In about 20 years' time we will have stem cell banks just like we now have pharmacies with medicines in them. You'll get a diagnosis for a specific problem and be given stem cells to treat that problem," the news provider quotes him as saying.

Scientists have long been interested in the possible benefits of stem cells in medicine.

The cells have the potential to be turned into any kind of tissue found in the human body, meaning they could be used to replace damaged or faulty cells in the ill.

Prof Warburton, of the Saban Research Institute of the Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, said that advances in stem cell research will lead to personalised regenerative medicine.

"Genomic research is going to apply stem cell research not only to a specific disease but to a specific person with a disease," he commented.

It was revealed this week that a stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis is to be tested on patients in the UK for the first time.
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