What Is Regeneration (And How Does It Work)

If you pay any attention to the medical industry, then there’s no doubt you’ve heard about the regeneration capacities of new technology that have made many headlines in recent years. However, just because you’ve heard the term doesn’t mean anyone’s taken the time to explain what it means to you!

In this article, we’ll explain the answers to the questions of what is regeneration and how does it work so that you gain a thorough understanding of this unique medical technology.

What is Regeneration?

Simply put, regeneration is the re-growth of a part of the body that has been removed or become diseased. When you were a child, you may have studied elementary biology in middle school. You may have heard about how starfish are able to grow back their arms even after they are cut off. That is regeneration.

And although medical technology is nowhere near the level of a human being able to grow back amputated limbs, regeneration still has some very significant capabilities and relevant applications.

Take, for instance, a diseased liver. A diseased liver could be the result of alcohol abuse that takes place over years. Body regeneration can help the liver grow back even after the diseased part is removed.

How Does Regeneration Work?

To understand how one can regenerate organs, it’s important to first understand how cells work.

There are different kinds of cells that accomplish different functions in your body. For instance, your skin cells make up your epidermis that protects your internal organs. However, consider that over time your skin has to grow. A child has less skin than an adult because of their smaller body. What creates the skin cells?

That’s where stem cells come in. The purpose of stem cells is to generate new cells. Thus, stem cell technology is what is behind the body regeneration practices in the medical industry today.

With a stem cell transplant, stem cells are transplanted to whatever part of the body needs regeneration. Following the aforementioned example, a stem cell transplant would be performed on the liver so that stem cells can regrow tissue for the liver organ.

It’s important to note that regenerative medicine is still in its very early stages. Stem cell technology is still a very new field. Expect to see very significant advancements in the next few years that take stem cell and organ regeneration capabilities to the next field.

Learn How Body Regeneration Is Transforming the Medical Industry

There’s no doubt that body regeneration is transforming the medical industry. The more that stem cell technology advances, the more that regenerative organ practices will be used to control disease growth and put more time back in your day.

Now that you have a better understanding of stem cell technology, you should have a much better appreciation for how tech impacts medicine.

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