Developments in stem cell research lead to the production of synthetic organs and smart drugs to improve physical and mental function. Breakthroughs such as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells short-circuit the long debate over the use of human embryos in research and speed up stem cell therapies to cure human disease. Government incentivizes research and development and introduces policy measures to navigate ethical issues hindering widespread market adoption of this tool.
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Biopen, developed by Australian researchers, could allow surgeons to directly “draw” stem cell layers on an injury. The pen works like a mini-3D printer and offers surgeons more precision while reducing the time taken for the procedure.