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Published on May 21, 2014
Jill Helms is a professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine. She leads a team of investigators, funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, who are working on accelerating tissue healing in humans by activating a patient's own stem cells at the site of an injury. The team's strategy is to "commandeer" the molecular machinery that regulates stem cell self-renewal and proliferation and, in doing so, stimulate tissue regeneration even in people whose own repair mechanisms aren't working well.
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