regenerative medicine

A term applied to new medical advances in which an understanding of the human genome allows us to use the body's own mechanisms to heal it. Expected advances include a host of new pharmaceuticals and, eventually, the ability to create new tissues for transplant. (See embryonic stem cell.)

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