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Why is stem cell research important?

Over the next few decades, as we learn more about stem cells, we will see them become part of many modern medical treatments, giving hope to many facing currently untreatable and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. 

Key areas of research for future therapies include:

  • stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • blindness
  • deafness
  • baldness
  • spinal cord injury
  • lung and breast cancers
  • chronic lung disease in premature babies
  • acute heart damage
  • motor neurone disease
  • liver cirrhosis
  • diabetes
  • uterine disorders
  • prostate disease
  • muscular dystrophy
  • osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • genetic bone disease
  • multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders

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