The Rise of Cell Therapies to Repair Stroke Damage

A perfect world would include the means to prevent catastrophic failures of brain structure such as stroke from ever happening. One such means is a working implementation of the rejuvenation biotechnologies evisaged in detail in the SENS research plans. Strokes and other failures happen because tissue becomes damaged and frail. Remove that damage and the stroke risk of an old person would be that of a young person, which is to say very close to zero. Rejuvenation therapies lie a number of years in the future, however, where that number is very much determined by how much funding and support are dedicated to the right sort of research today. In the meanwhile, the present state of the art in medical technology, absent any way to greatly impact aging and the harm it causes, is to build better ways to clean up and restore more function after a stroke occurs. The most promising lines of research in restorative therapies for stroke patients involve the manipulation and transplant of cells. Scientists are finding ways to spur native cells to greater feats of regeneration, or to bring in new cells that can do the job where native cells will not. I'm sure that you're all familiar with work on stem cell transplants of one form or another, for example, but there are many more strategies under development. On this topic a recent open access review notes the growth in clinical trials for stroke treatments in the past few years. At some point all of the promising work in the laboratory an...
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