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A stem cell is a cell possessing the amazing ability to regenerate into a new cell (referred to as self-renewal) or develop as a progeny that can develop into cells or tissues (referred to as committed progenitors). Whether the stem cell becomes a new cell or develops into a progeny, these new creations are used in treatments for diseases and conditions. At the Reed-Irvine Research Center (RIRC) in California, researchers and scientists have become pioneers in the field of regenerative medicine with therapies using embryonic and regular stem cells.

Creation of the Reed-Irvine Research Center

On May 26, 1995, actor Christopher Reeve sustained a spinal cord injury when he was riding his horse in a competition. The accident left the actor paralyzed from the neck down. In ...

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