Stem cells are the body’s master cells, the source of all other cells and some scientists believe the technology could transform medicine, providing treatment for blindness, juvenile diabetes or severe injuries. For close to a decade now, the use of stem cells technology in healthcare has proved a sensation globally as scientists burn the mid-night oil trying to make fresh discoveries.

Back in Kenya, the technology is taking root and those in the cosmetics and regenerative medicine fields are optimistic that it will change the healing process.

The Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) at the University of Nairobi has been conducting tests on how the stem cells technology can be used in regenerative medicine.
“It is believed that the new and emerging knowledge in stem cell science and regenerative medicine can be explored to help address the challenges of infectious diseases and curb non communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer in Africa,” Prof Omu Anzala, the Director of KAVI -ICR, said.

Stem cells are the body’s master cells, the source of all other cells and some scientists believe the technology could transform medicine, providing treatment for blindness, juvenile diabetes or severe injuries.But critics object to the technology because the cells are harvested from human organs.

Regenerative treatment Stem cells are also used for regenerative treatment of tissue defects and for aesthetic procedures in plastic surgery. A group of scientists, which has been training in the technology in Kenya since 2014, has ascertained that the technology has the potential of healing wounds faster.

 

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