A Very Brief History of Regenerative Medicine

The NIH defines regenerative medicine as stem cells and other technologies, such as engineered biomaterials and gene editing, to repair or replace damaged cells, tissues, or organs. The term “regenerative medicine” was first used in a 1992 academic paper in the context of technologies that would impact hospitals, but the concept reaches back further. And if you’re a salamander, which you probably aren’t if you’re reading this, regeneration is just a fact of tail life. Fun fact for humans, though:  we actually have the ability to regenerate a severed fingertip [...]