dental school

The People’s Science

The magic of stem cells takes my breath away. After years of watching them divide on plastic dishes, I am still amazed that we can coax them into life, still fascinated to see how closely their behavior in the lab mimics the way they function in our bodies. My job is simply to give them the environment they need to thrive and then get out of their way. If I and other scientists can do that just right, someday we’ll be able to transplant these cells into patients, where they will restore damaged and diseased tissues far more competently than we can now.